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Myofascial Release

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Myofascial release (MFR) is defined as a stretch and release of the muscle (myo) and fascia (fascial) restrictions. MFR can be a direct or indirect technique.

There are five steps to MFR: 1. Palpate restriction 2. Apply compression (indirect) or traction (direct) 3. Add twisting or transverse forces (also known as "fine tuning"). Twisting myofascial structures is clockwise or counter clockwise. Transverse force application is perpendicular to the long axis of the muscle. You may also apply passive movement of the patient's limb. 4. You may also use enhancers. Examples include active movement of the patient such as respiration or eye movements. 5. Await release. In 20-30 seconds, a change of tissue compliance occurs. It is such an awesome feeling to feel the myofascia release under your fingers!

Relative contraindications: Acute sprain or strain, fracture or dislocation, near or vascular compromise, osteoporosis and osteopenia, malignancy, infection

Absolute contraindications: None as the technique may be performed with very light pressure. The physician may work around the affected area.

References: OMT Review, 3rd Edition by Robert Savarese, DO Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, 2nd Edition by Alexander Nicholas, DO and Evan Nicholas, DO

Created by:
Adriennemlaw on 9 May 2021 01:50:27
Last edited:
9 May 2021 20:26:09