The selection and application of sound soft tissue treatment depends greatly on the practitioner’s ability too not only locate, but also to define soft tissue lesions. Further, only with an advanced understanding of the target tissue’s composition, as well as the histological process underlying the injury can one create the most effective, and efficient treatment strategy guided by science.
These concepts constitute a large focus of the Functional Range Release® technique certification seminars. FR® practitioners are therefore able to truly define musculoskeletal lesions or biomechanical dysfunction making their treatment results specific, and effective.
On the surface, application of the FR® release technique would appear to the observer to be similar to various other myofascial release applications. The difference lies in the specifics …and there are a lot of them! Functional Range Release® technique does indeed draw upon previously utilized strategies, concepts, and approach’s however adds multiple improvements based on the current scientific literature making it a completely new and improved approach to musculoskeletal management.
One of the main factors that separates Functional Range Release® from other soft tissue techniques is the focus on understanding the target tissue. For the most part, soft tissue techniques have focused primarily on the treatment of muscular tissue by means of soft tissue manipulation and/or stretching. However when considering the physical make-up of muscle tissue, it is simply composed of contractile proteins (i.e. actin, myosin, etc.) situated in a series, grouped into bundles. Each fiber, bundle, and muscle is encased by fascia (a form of connective tissue). These fascial layers are then continuous with various other forms of connective tissue in the body (e.g. tendons, ligaments, capsules, bone, etc) forming full-body continuity.
The goal of soft tissue therapies has never been to tear muscle proteins apart. It has been to remove restrictive “scar tissue,” or fibrosis. But where does this fibrosis form?
Injury to tissue is followed by various processes including: