Myofascial Release (MFR)

The specific use of the hands is what sets Equine Myofascial Release Therapy apart from other treatments. Myofascial Release (MFR) uses specific hands on techniques, which allows the collagen fibres to re-align in a pattern which allows maximum strength and function.

The first thing you may notice with MFR is that the therapist’s hands appear to be doing nothing. This is not true… Imagine sitting at the waters edge in the sand at the beach. The water washes over your hands, the sand softens and your hands slowly sink into the sand. This happens a few times and then you slide your hands until you run into hard sand.  As the water comes in again, your hand will gradually sink into the sand. The sand does not sink in a symmetrical pattern and your hands will move independently as the sand softens beneath each hand.  Imagine the sand is the tissue of the horse. A hold is held for a minimum 90-120 seconds, a low load, long duration stretch is used, the hand will follow the lead of the body as it pulls, pushes and allows the reorganisation of the fascia.  As the ground substance is hydrated, the fibres of the fascia relax and therefore allow increased function.

MFR techniques include soft tissue, cross hand stretching, compression, direct pressure, direct pressure sandwich technique, scar release, rebounding and unwinding.

Benefits

  • Faciltates inherent healing
  • Enhances tissue repair
  • Improves function and performance
  • Increases range of motion and strength
  • Reduces Pain
  • Prevents future injuries
  • Re-educates the body

Additional information on MFR can be found from my instructor Ruth Mitchell-Golladay’s website…  Click here