The Science Behind RAPID NeuroFascial Reset

RAPID NeuroFascial Reset is a relatively new movement-based soft tissue technique. It focuses on restoring function and relieving conditions that impact the soft tissue, taking a neurological approach to healing and wellness.

Many of our St. Albert massage therapy clients have had great successes with the treatment. However, because it’s relatively new, clients often have questions about what it entails and how it can help them achieve the specific goals in their wellness plans. 

What is RAPID NeuroFascial Reset?

RAPID NeuroFascial Reset (often shortened to RNFR) is focused on the central nervous system. Using soft tissue movements, it helps to relieve restrictions in the muscles, fascia, nerves, and ligaments.

It can play a significant role in releasing tension, relieving pain, and restoring the function of the body’s tissues. Rather than simply treating the symptoms underlying these issues, it aims to detect and correct the neurological source of them (more on that below).

When clients come to Urban Massage & Wellness for RAPID NeuroFascial Reset, they’re typically looking for relief from specific conditions that affect the soft tissues. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tendonitis
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Whiplash
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions

Clients may also want to treat the underlying sources of more general conditions, such as headaches and migraines, back pain, shoulder pain, or knee pain. RNFR can also be a good treatment option if clients have scar tissue from surgeries, c-sections, or other procedures, or if they have past or recent injuries. Even long-term conditions and scarring can be treated using RNFR.

If you aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate for RAPID NeuroFascial Reset, be sure to reach out to our experienced RNFR therapists in St. Albert. They can evaluate your condition and advise you about whether including RNFR in your treatment plan could benefit you.

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How Does it Work?

RAPID NeuroFascial Reset is a neurologically based technique. “Neurological” refers to the branch of medicine that looks at the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain, the spinal cord, and several major nerves in the body. The CNS coordinates information and activity from all over the body. Emotions, sensations, hormones: All of this is directed by the central nervous system.

RNFR aims to restore soft tissue that has been damaged, often dealing directly with scar tissue that has built up and is causing pain, tension, and other issues. Damage to the soft tissue can occur in several ways, including by trauma, overuse of the muscles, and a lack of oxygen (hypoxia). Often, a single site of damage can result in damage to other areas, or the spread of symptoms to other areas of the soft tissue.

Damage to the soft tissue often results in a condition called neurological hypersensitivity, which is the body’s way of protecting itself. The central nervous system becomes hyperaware of inflammation around the site of the damage. This can result in the neurological system “locking down” that tissue, resulting in pain and loss of functionality. Muscles and tendons can physically shorten, putting greater pressure on the nerves.

All of this can be the result of small or seemingly insignificant traumas that were never fully or properly healed. The body’s natural response is to protect itself. Unfortunately, this response can lead to chronic pain and the loss of range of motion. 

What to Expect

RAPID NeuroFascial Reset is a very hands-on treatment. Therapists move and manipulate the tissue directly with their hands to begin to treat it, while also using touch to diagnose areas of damage or scar tissue.

Many people experience some pain and discomfort during the treatment. This is largely because the areas of damaged tissue are already locked down and experiencing hypersensitivity. In order to repair the damage, the neurological system needs to be stimulated by the movements. This stimulates the CNS, which will give the body signals (such as hormonal signals) to release tension in the area. All of this is necessary for the body to begin healing itself.

The soreness clients experience may extend to the day after the treatment. However, many people experience a great sense of relief over the following days, and significant improvements can be made with just a few treatments in many cases.

Why Medical History Matters in RNFR

It pays to be prepared before you come in for your appointment! Keep in mind that RAPID NeuroFascial Reset deals with the central nervous system, which monitors and controls the entire body. This means that virtually any details about your health and wellbeing are relevant to your treatment plan.

In your first session, your RNFR therapist will likely ask you detailed questions about your medical history before beginning treatment. They may ask you about specific traumas, surgeries and procedures, injuries (major and minor), medical conditions, and your lifestyle. This is all to help them determine where soft tissue damage may be located and why it’s causing pain or discomfort.

Before you arrive, consider relevant items in your past medical history, including:

  • Concussions
  • Surgeries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Sports injuries

Did You Know?

RAPID Neurofascial Reset is a technique developed by massage therapists in Alberta. RNFR is an organization that trains therapists in Edmonton on how to use the technique.

Learn More About RAPID NeuroFascial Reset

Urban Massage & Wellness offers RAPID NeuroFascial Reset treatments at our St. Albert massage clinic. Our therapists have helped patients achieve a higher quality of life using this technique. If you think RAPID may help you resolve the pain, tension, and dysfunction that you’ve been experiencing, reach out to our qualified therapists. We can help you decide if it’s right for your personalized treatment plan. Or, if you’re ready to try it, book your appointment now!

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