Myofascial release (or MFR): Connective tissue called fasica surround muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones & nerves. Points of restriction in the fascia can place pressure on nerves & muscles causing chronic pain, decreased range of motion & improper posture (balance) of the body. In general, all techniques that are done without oils or lotions are MFR. This creates a drag pressure that attempts to create space to release restrictions between fascia bonds. There are many ways to do mysofascial work, however I use the following two methods.
Direct method: use of hands & elbows to slowly sink into restricted fascia, applying a stretching of the fascia. This is also known as "deep tissue work of the superficial layers".
Indirect method: involves a gentle stretch, with a few grams of pressure: hands tend to go with the restricted fascia, to hold the stretch & allow it to unwind itself. This is also known as "unwinding"
*Recommend: to use more gentle to firm pressure, it has a better outcome/results that last much longer. When MFR work is done too quick or deep, it just hurts during & after treatment for 2 to 3 days if not more. It also tends to bruise the clients too much. (my personal viewpoint)
*Recommend: I specifically use MFR to treat shin splints, tendinitis, joint pain, sciatica & whiplash.
*Recommend: Specifically for fibromyalgia I will start with gentle to firm MFR pressure for first half of appointment, then follow up with general Swedish or Massage cupping.