September 28, 2020: Do you have soft tissue pain? have you tried Myo-Fascial release (MFR)?

Do you have muscle and joint pain?

Amanda Craufurd is joining the team at Maidenhead Podiatry as a Myo-fascial release therapist. Amanda qualified in Swedish Massage in 2006 and began Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) in 2016. Recently she completed her training as an Advanced Myofascial Release Practitioner. Amanda has experienced the benefits of MFR Therapy herself. She is passionate about helping others with chronic and acute discomfort using this unique therapy.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)?

MFR has become increasingly popular in recent years showing success in treating a wide range of conditions.

‘Myo’ in medical terminology means muscle and ‘fascia’ is a band, or sheet of connective tissue that binds it. In the body, fascia surrounds every muscle fibre which collectively form muscle tissue. It also surrounds our tendons/ligaments, bones, and internal organs. Fascia creates separation between structures as well as spaces through which nerves, blood vessels, and fluids pass. In essence, it is a three-dimensional, continuous web of connective tissue extending throughout the body. The fascial structure does not exist independently in each area of the body. It is one continuous integrated structure from head to toe without interruption.

Why causes these changes?

In its ‘healthy’ state fascia allows our internal body parts to move and glide over each other. It also gives us our shape and form. But during our lives fascia can become restricted through trauma or emotion. Trauma such as injury, accident or surgical procedure. Emotion such as stress or tension or a combination of both. This can cause the fascia to thicken resulting in restriction. This in turn manifests as tension, dysfunction, and pain/discomfort. Ultimately this can lead to postural change and compensation pain.

How does MFR therapy work?

MFR Therapy is not massage, but a non-invasive hands-on treatment performed directly ‘skin on skin’. MFR is performed without the use of oil or lubricants. Slow, gentle pressure is applied to the affected area(s) working on the fascial system to gradually release the restriction. During an MFR Therapy session, you may become more aware of the connection between emotions and the physical body. MFR Therapy can help with neck pain, shoulder pain/frozen shoulder, back pain and hip pain as well as other issues.

Who can benefit from MFR therapy?

Anyone who has chronic or long-established pain. From back pain to birth injuries and from frozen shoulder to headaches.

Any soft tissue manifesting pain can benefit from Myo-fascial therapy. Conditions that have been known to benefit from MFR include:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cerebral palsy
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • chronic pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • plantar fasciitis
  • shin splints
  • tennis elbow

This list isn’t exhaustive by any means.

MFR can complement Podiatry and Chiropractic treatment very effectively.

Pain is a warning – don’t ignore it.

Amanda also has extensive experience in treating horses. Frequently her success with horses means that she ends up treating the riders too!

What should I wear?

MFR Therapy is a whole-body hands-on treatment applied directly to the skin.

On the day of your treatment, you should not apply lotions/creams/oils after showering or bathing. This is because this makes it difficult to maintain traction on the skin. Amanda will also need to carry out a visual assessment before treatment.

  • Clients need to wear appropriate and comfortable loose-fitting clothing for both. (no under-wired bras)
  • Loose sports clothing is ideal for both men and women.
  • Treatments can take up to 90 minutes but it will vary from person to person.

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If you would like more information or to make an appointment with Amanda, please call Maidenhead Podiatry on 01628 773588 or email