Myofascial Release Therapy

This specialised physical therapy affects and releases restrictions within the fascial network of the body.  The MFR therapist takes into consideration what they see in the patient’s posture and works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body.

Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. In healthy conditions, the fascial system is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It provides a cushioning and supportive mechanism allowing us to move safely without restriction or pain. Collagen and elastin are the 2 main components of fascia.  They allow it to be very strong, yet have a high degree of flexibility. Fascia is dynamic in nature.  This means it responds to both internal and external forces applied on it.

Fascia can also be described like a 3D sweater.  When the fascial network is traumatized it is pulled and twisted out of alignment rather like a pull in a sweater. If the fascia has tightened, creating bands of tension throughout the body, it will result in symptoms distant to the injury.  The theory is then that localized treatments will produce limited or temporary results.

Fascia can scar and harden in areas of the body where tension lines are imposed up on it.  This can be through physical and emotional trauma, and includes poor posture. An abnormal pressure is created (up to 2,000 pounds per square inch) and this may crush nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels and create further tension on adjacent pain-sensitive structures.

Fascial restrictions do not show up on CT scans, MRI’s or X-Rays. Traditional healthcare treats the symptom, MFR, with its whole body approach, attempts to treat the cause at the deepest level.

MFR is very different to massage. Fascial release cannot be forced as it will naturally meet that force in return. It is slow.  The MFR therapist provides a sustained, gentle, pressure for a minimum of 90 to 120 seconds. This allows the fascia to elongate naturally and return to its normal resting length.  Results are both measurable and functional.

During treatment, a patient may not feel much happening; however an experienced Therapist can actually feel the restrictions, where they go to and subsequently facilitate the release of those restrictions during the session.

Myofascial Release is a mind-body therapeutic healing approach that is safe, comprehensive, and highly effective in relieving pain, headaches and restoring movement. The goal of Myofascial Release is to return the individual to a pain-free, active lifestyle.


Deep Tissue Massage is NOT recommended for certain people or in certain circumstances:

  • People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds;Immediately after surgery;
  • Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor;
  • People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage;
  • People prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage;
  • Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.

Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Additional tips:

  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
  • If it’s your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms.
  • Otherwise, please arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage

Here in Perth, at the Tayside Chiropractor, we are very experienced in this therapy.  Please call us to discuss your needs.