Do I need a prescription, script or physician's referral?
A prescription or referral for physical therapy is not required; you can call us to make an appointment right now.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a therapeutic treatment that uses gentle pressure and stretching to facilitate the release of fascial restrictions caused by accidents, injury, stress, repetitive use, and traumatic or surgical scarring. This hands-on therapy is a powerful healing technique that restores your natural motion, and allows you to return to a pain free, active lifestyle.
The fascia is a connective tissue that forms a three-dimensional web, which surrounds and supports the muscular, skeletal, and visceral (organs) components of the body. Fascial restrictions bind down and exert pressure and stress on your body and its soft tissue structures, causing pain and dysfunction. For a more detailed description you can download or print the article What is Myofascial Release?
What can I expect from the treatment session?
Each Patient is evaluated, and the treatment is designed to address the problems responsible for your pain and symptoms. Sustained pressure is used to release restrictions and restore the normal elastic and gliding motion of the fascia. As the restriction releases and unwinds, you may feel a sense of letting go and greater relaxation. Most people experience a change or significant different within 3 to 5 treatments. It is impossible to predict the exact number of visits you will need as everyone's individual challenges are unique. The typical patient is seen approximately for 1 visit a week, for about 4-8 visits and every patient is taught how to treat themselves at home using myofascial release techniques, modified yoga poses and when appropriate therapeutic exercise. You will receive a personalized treatment program for treatment and long term prevention of your condition so you can stay healthy, active and free of pain.
What should I wear?
For physical therapy and myofascial release patients, it is important to have access to visibly examine, palpate and treat your body, muscles and tissues directly. Please bring with you a pair of loose comfortable shorts and female patients should bring a sleeveless shirt, tank top, or swim suit top to change into when you arrive.
How can Myofascial Release (MFR) help me?
This approach is successful because it seeks to find and treat the source of ailment rather than the symptoms that have developed over many years from your body's attempt to compensate. My work, using John Barnes' Myofascial Release techniques, helps relieve pain and discomfort by realigning your posture and releasing the restrictions that hold you out of balance.