Myofascial Release (MFR) What is fascia?
Fascia is a three-dimensional web that surrounds every bone, muscle, nerve, organ, and vessel down to the cellular level from your horse’s head to its hoof. Fascia is comprised of elastin, collagen and a fluid ground substance. Trauma, poor posture and repetitive training can lead to restrictions in the fascia. When the fascia looses it's pliability, collagen becomes dense and fibrous and the ground substance can solidify. These restrictions can create pain, swelling, misalignments, poor muscular biomechanics, a decrease in range of motion, decreased strength and lameness. Standard tests will not show a fascial restriction.
How does MFR work on my horse? MFR is a hands on, whole body manual technique addressing the fascial system. MFR is used to elongate the fascial tissue with a 90-120 second gentle pressure into the restriction or tissue barrier. After releasing through several barriers the tissue will become soft and pliable and the pressure will be taken off pain sensitive areas and motion restored.
MFR differs from massage and chiropractic manipulation as it applies sustained pressure into the fascial system and has effects on the elastin, collagen and ground substance. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignment are addressed and osseous releases are performed slowly without manipulation. The myofascial release techniques will help release muscle, bone, nerves, blood vessels, viscera, cranial/sacral restrictions and emotional blockage.
Myofascial Release is not a substitute for proper veterinary medical care, but rather serves as a compliment. If your horse is ill or injured, seek appropriate medical attention from a qualified veterinary practitioner.