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What you need to know about Myofascial Release and why you should perform MFR

Maybe you’ve heard about MFR (Myofascial Release), maybe you haven’t. Here’s a quick read to better understand what myofascial release is and how you can benefit from it.

What is MFR or SMFR (self myofascial release)?

Also known as foam rolling, MFR helps fascia (like a body suit of connective tissues from head to toe that acts like a supportive net) relax and lengthen.

MFR for the calves
Performing Myofascial Release

Top reasons to perform MFR on a regular basis:

  • Improves overall flexibility and range of motion

  • Increases blood flow and reduces inflammation

  • Reduces muscle soreness

  • Promotes quicker recovery

  • Releases tension, knots, stress

  • Helps you connect to your body

Areas to avoid when performing MFR:

  • Direct contact with bone

  • Swollen areas/inflammation

  • Open cuts

Otherwise, have a go and explore! Pay attention to how it’s feeling in your body and allow it to feel somewhat relaxing. If you’re gritting your teeth and/or not breathing smoothly either lighten the intensity or move to an area near the tender spot.

Stay tuned for more MFR articles coming soon!

In the meantime you can view/purchase some of my favorite MFR tools here.

Let me know if you have any questions or specific areas you’d like to know how to release using MFR.

*As always this is just my own opinions based on my experience and knowledge at this time. There’s always more to learn and consider. This article is intended for informational purposes only.

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