Myofascial Therapy (MFT) is a therapeutic approach to a specific issue. A brief assessment helps determine the specific muscle(s) causing the complaint. The therapist will then integrate the specific work into your massage. MFT work is typically done dry, without lotion, with lotion being applied after the work to calm the area. The techniques used are cross fiber (CF) and longitudinal release (LR). CF works perpendicular to the muscle fibers in a sawing action to realign the fibers and break up adhesions and scar tissue. LR works parallel to the muscle fibers to restore elasticity and release tension. The therapist may also use tense-and-relax (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretches on the target area.
MFT can easily be integrated into either Swedish, Shiatsu, or chair massage.