MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. There is an essential time element to the therapy that has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. This requires a minimum of 3-5 minutes for each hand placement or technique.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.). Consequently, people are either told there’s nothing wrong or they’re given a label like fibromyalgia, or myofascial pain syndrome and told there’s nothing that can be done. Often people turn to massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and/or chiropractic care (all very useful therapies when done appropriately) in hopes of relieving pain and restoring function, but without lasting results. This is not because the therapists weren’t talented or well intentioned, it’s just that in those instances, they just weren’t addressing the right tissue – the fascia.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

The use of Myofascial Release allows the therapist to look at each patient as a unique individual. One-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which I combine a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. I promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness. 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions available.