What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying a gentle sustained pressure into the restricted tissue. The fascial system responds to this sustained low-load pressure by slowly elongating as the ground substance surrounding the fascial tissue increases in fluidity. This is very important as the tensile forces of myofascial restrictions can produce tensile forces of up to 2,000 lbs per square inch, crushing other structures that may have to pass through this area (i.e. muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes etc.). Trauma, inflammatory responses, repetitive postures, bracing from stress, surgery, and emotional stress can all produce these restrictions. Each myofascial treatment session is performed directly on the skin without the use of oils, creams, or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the release of the tissue.
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(Reference: www.myofascialrelease.com and "Myofascial Release: The search for Excellence" John F. Barnes, PT)
Who is Appropriate for this Treatment?
Myofascial Release can affect any area of the body that has pain, tightness or decreased range of motion. It also has the potential to affect visceral health, emotional health and bring balance back to the entire system. There are no age restrictions as this is a safe and gentle treatment that does not force the tissue. Even newborns can benefit from this type of work.
Evaluation (60 min) $130
Treatment (60 min) $100
Treatment (90 min) $150
Recommendations for Appointments
Always dress in loose fitting clothing or bring shorts, tank top or sports bra. There may be several areas treated during one visit, and it is important to be able to get directly on the skin. Avoid putting on lotions or creams on the skin before an appointment. This makes it difficult to treat the affected area without sliding on the skin.
"What is Myofascial Release"
Kristin Leatherman, PT, DPT, GFI
"John F Barnes" description of Myofascial Release
"Views of the Living Fascia"
Functional Therapy Magazine
"Why does Massage Hurt"
Note: He talks about massage in the framework of (myofascial release)