Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) Westmead

“Myo” refers to muscle, “Fascial” pertains to tissue or tissue bands, and “Release” means relaxation or letting go. So, Myofascial Release Therapy essentially means relaxing muscle tissue through physical intervention provided by a licensed therapist.

When you’re injured or stressed, your muscles often develop a tight, painful spot, which we call a “knot.” This knot forms because the muscle is contracting and shortening, leading to tight bands of muscle fibres and heightened sensitivity. This is what we call a myofascial trigger point, and it can cause problems in three ways:

  • The knot restricts blood flow, reducing oxygen and nutrients to the muscle area.

  • This lack of nutrients causes waste products and toxins to build up, making the knot area even more sensitive, creating a “trigger point.”

  • The trigger point becomes hypersensitive and sends pain signals throughout your body, sometimes in other areas.

In the end, these knots create a cycle of pain, weakness, and limited movement in your muscles. Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a hands-on approach to disrupt this cycle and relieve your symptoms.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial Release is a therapy that involves hands-on treatment of the soft tissues in the musculoskeletal system.

Myofascial release (MFR) therapy aims to make the fascia and muscles more flexible, so you can move better and feel less pain. People who often try MFR therapy are those who’ve had injuries or pain in their muscles. They might feel:

  • Muscles are too tight.

  • Pain in their joints or muscles from too much pressure.

  • Pain anywhere in the body, like headaches or back pain.

Myofascial trigger points, often called muscle knots, are tight spots in muscles. They usually happen because of too much use, swelling, injuries, nerve problems, or muscle issues. These tight spots can hurt in the area where they are or even cause pain in other parts of your body, which is called referral pain.

In simpler terms, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a technique used to address tense, damaged, knotted, or poorly functioning muscles. It effectively alleviates pain and addresses other issues related to muscles and bones.

Myofascial Pain Symptoms

The following symptoms are typically associated with myofascial pain. 

  • Sensitive sore spots, primarily in muscles

  • Deep muscle discomfort, not joint pain 

  • Dull, aching, nagging pain

  • Pain is usually focused in one area with a clear centre 

  • Limbs may feel weak, heavy, and stiff

  • Headaches

  • Pain is unrelated to movement 

  • Reduced exercise tolerance

What are the Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy?

MFR therapy can help you in several ways, including:

Quick pain relief

Increased flexibility

Better blood flow

Improved muscle function

Enhanced joint movement

Stress reduction

Strengthening your immune system

Better movement for exercises.

Choosing Recovery Rehab Westmead for  Myofascial Release Therapy

At Recovery Rehab, after our therapist has gathered all the necessary information and identified the areas in your body where the fascial tissues are tense and rigid, she then pinpoints the problem areas and proceeds to create a customized treatment plan using various techniques. This plan is tailored to everyone’s unique situation, considering their specific pain areas and patterns.

In summary, the treatment involves targeted touch therapies to improve blood and lymph circulation in affected areas, increasing oxygen and nutrient supply to muscles, alleviating pain, and restoring mobility.

At Westmead clinic, Physiotherapist Sujanya Iyengar employs a blend of MFR Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy to achieve faster and more effective outcomes in alleviating myofascial trigger point pain, including any associated referred pain. Throughout your session, our therapist will incorporate gentle stretching techniques to ease muscle tension. It’s possible that you’ll experience a mild tingling or slight discomfort, which is a typical response as your body gradually releases tension in its connective tissues.

Combining Myofascial Release Point Therapy with Craniosacral Therapy for optimal results

Myofascial Release offers a wide array of treatment options, with numerous choices available to help relax muscles and the supporting fascial tissues. You can select from various techniques, including Trigger Point release,  Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), Kinesiotaping, Foam Rolling Dry Needling, Acupuncture, Manipulation by a Physiotherapist, Stretches, and others. Among these options, Craniosacral Therapy (CST) stands out as an exceptionally safe, gentle, and highly effective hands-on approach for achieving Myofascial Release.

CST is a gentle method that encourages your body’s natural relaxation and healing response. Unlike painful techniques like stretching or pressing, CST uses safe and effective hands-on approaches.

During CST, the practitioner places their hands on areas with tight muscles, stiffness, or trigger points and patiently waits for the muscles to soften. Afterward, they proceed to other parts of your body that need relaxation. Typically, they focus on the muscle’s specific points of origin and insertion.


Discover the various conditions effectively addressed by Myofascial ReleaseTherapy, a holistic approach aimed at promoting overall well-being. This non-invasive therapy has shown positive results in treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Stress and fatigue

  • Tendonitis

  • Arthritis

  • Whiplash

  • Joint pain

  • Tennis elbow

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Hand and arm pain

  • Digestive issues

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis (foot) pain

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Neck, shoulder and knee pain

  • Pelvic pain

  • Hip pain

  • “Sciatic” pain (buttock and leg pain)

  • Leg and knee pain

  • Tendinitis/tendinopathy

  • Bursitis

  • Lower back pain

  • Muscle pain

  • Rotator cuff (shoulder) pain

  • Disc pain (bulge/rupture/herniation) and radiculopathy

  • Jaw Pain / (TMJ) disorders

  • Sports and dance-related injuries

  • Plantar fasciitis

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