What is Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial aches, pains, tension and restrictions

It is traditionally accepted that myofascia is the connective tissue (fascia) in and around muscles, where muscles are the powerhouses of locomotion and posture for the body. Myofascial release is, therefore, an application used to alleviate tension, restrictions and adhesions in the myofascia in order to restore balance and function.

Muscles respond well to firm deep pressure which is probably why MFR specifically targeting muscles and kinetic chains (muscle chains) uses a relatively firm force applied by the practitioner and also why therapy tools such as foam rollers, cricket balls and sports peanuts are so popular. Many people, especially sports people, like firm pressure and feel that muscular stretch and deep therapy work benefits them.

When people are fit, healthy and physically active, deeper MFR approaches can be appropriate but never to the painful stage.

However, consideration has to be taken in to account that excessive and aggressive deep work either by an unskilled practitioner could actually create more restriction, scarring and inflammation and therefore damage tissue. Using firm pressure may affect the deep muscular tissue but can have a damaging effect on the more fragile superficial tissues. At NEWtri-fis Wellness we adhere to these principles, because our approach to MFR is geared towards holistic individual assessment and treatment.

MFR can be effective in the following conditions:


Sports and soft tissue injuries

Headaches and migranes

Postural dysfunction and muscle imbalance

Repetitive strain and overuse injuries plus other work-related conditions

Neck and back pain musculoskeletal disorders

Post-surgery fracture and elective joint rehabilitation / joint problems

What is Exercise Prescription?

An important part of Physiotherapy is exercise prescription. This plays an important role in improving the performance and functioning of the body area under rehabilitation. 

 

At NEWtri-fis Wellness we assess and evaluate the right course of physiotherapy treatment that can help the individual recover and become fit and healthy.The exercises that are prescribed include active motion, strengthening, stretching, balancing, and conditioning exercises.We include exercise prescription as a major component in our treatment techniques. This form of treatment is continually applied, assessed and reviewed to suit the needs of the patient.

Exercise prescriptions revolve around the goals that we set for the patient to fully recover and regain his or her former level of fitness. Exercise is a very good preventive measure against the possibility of future complications or illnesses.

Exercise Prescription can be effective in the following conditions:


Sports and soft tissue injuries

Headaches and migranes

Postural dysfunction and muscle imbalance

Repetitive strain and overuse injuries plus other work-related conditions

Neck and back pain musculoskeletal disorders

Post-surgery fracture and elective joint rehabilitation / joint problems

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

Western medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture following a medical diagnosis. It involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain relieving endorphins. It’s likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.

Traditional acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or “life force”, flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). Practitioners who adhere to traditional beliefs about acupuncture believe that when Qi doesn’t flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. They also believe acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health. (NHS 2019) At NEWtri-fis Wellness we use a Western medical acupuncture approach.

Acupuncture can be effective in the following conditions:


Sports and soft tissue injuries

Headaches and migranes

Postural dysfunction and muscle imbalance

Repetitive strain and overuse injuries plus other work-related conditions

Neck and back pain musculoskeletal disorders

Post-surgery fracture and elective joint rehabilitation / joint problems

to top button