Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial release (MFR) is a hands-on approach of evaluating and treating fascial restrictions. Our myofascial physical therapists have years of training and experience, including multiple certifications from John Barnes, the Upledger Institute, and the Barral Institute. Some massage therapists or other practitioners perform Myofascial Release, but receiving care for your myofascial system from a physical therapist mean that you are in the best hands – your care is the most comprehensive with this combination of skills and training.


What is Fascia? What is the Theory?

Fascia is connective tissue that is continuous from head to toe covering every bone, muscle, organ, nerve, artery, and vein in the body. It connects all parts of the body. Myofascial tissue normally has a very high water content which allows it and the tissue it surrounds to move freely.

When we experience trauma, such as a fall, surgery, or other insult to the body, the water content reduces significantly and the fascia becomes tight and restricted. The result is increased tension/load on other systems in the body, such as the muscles and nerves, causing pain in areas of the body that may be far away from the original site of injury.

By applying gentle sustained pressure and stretches to the fascial restriction, it releases the tissue and improves its water content. The result is decreased pain and improved mobility.

Frequently Asked Questions About Myofascial Physical Therapy



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What To Expect

  • All patients receive a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation that includes assessment of your posture, muscle imbalances, biomechanics, and joint mobility to identify areas contributing to your symptoms.
  • With Myofascial Release, your therapist will encourage you to become aware of the sensations occurring in your body before, during, and after treatment. You will be encouraged to allow your body to unwind or naturally move as the fascial tissues are released.
  • Expression of emotions experienced during or after your treatment session is also encouraged. Often with the release of emotions, the restrictions in the system will also release, resulting in pain relief.