Myofascial Release (MFR) is fast gaining recognition as the missing link in traditional healthcare. Myofascial Release Therapy is a specialised physical therapy that affects and releases the restrictions within the fascial network.

Do you suffer from a long term injury? Are you currently seeing a therapist? Perhaps you get relief from treatment, but it is only temporary, and, after a while your pain sets back in again. Do you crave a long term solution? Myofascial release may just be it.

Mainstream health science is only now beginning to appreciate the significance of your myofascial system. For many years, fascia was overlooked and merely regarded as a barrier to cut through, to get to the problem tissue. Today fascia is receiving the recognition that it deserves.

Fascia is a 3-dimensional network of connective tissue that spans your entire body. You could think of it as a 3D coating of clingfilm in which you are wrapped. Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every other tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body.

Following all physical and emotional trauma, fascia scars and hardens, crushing nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels. Myofascial Release Therapy, like many alternative therapies, promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health.

Myofascial ReleaseKirwan Clinic is delighted to be one of the few centres in Dublin offering John F. Barnes-style myofascial release. During treatment, your myofascial release (MFR) therapist feels and stretches slowly into the fascial network. The therapist feels for this glue-like texture which when dense, thick or hard defines a fascial restriction.

The MFR technique is very different to that of massaging muscles, tendons and the ligaments of the body. A time component also exists, coupled with the fluidity of the therapists hands in applying pressure and moving though each and every fascial restriction. The time element is a vital factor, the fascia cannot be forced as it will naturally meet that force in return. Hence the MFR therapist provides a sustained, gentle, pressure for a minimum of 90 to 120 seconds allowing the fascia to elongate naturally and return to it’s normal resting length restoring health and providing results that are both measurable and functional. MFR also treats the injury at source allowing the patient to heal at the deepest level.

The therapy is an art form. The MFR therapist not only takes in to consideration what they see in the patient’s postural assessment but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body. Given the importance of the time component, most myofascial release sessions at Kirwan Clinic last for up to 90 minutes.

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