Myofascial Release (MFR) is a highly effective treatment approach, which recognizes the fascia, or connective tissue as a three-dimentional web, connecting and infusing all other tissues of the body. Fascia, in its healthy state is very strong, yet flexible and is housed in a fluid-like matrix, or ground substance.
Restrictions in this tissue are caused by trauma, postural imbalances, dysfunctional and /or repetitive movement patterns or inflammation, which then create dehydration of of the fluid matrix, compression and tremendous tension of the body. Fascial restrictions do not show on any standard tests such as x-rays, CAT scans, but are palpable to the highly skilled therapist.
As the fascial tissue restricts, there is a loss of fluidity and normal function; pain and limited movement follow. Symptoms show up in the body as such things as:
• Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• TMJ problems
• Pelvic pain
• Chronic pain and fatigue
• Sports and work performance problems
Myofascial Release is a hands on technique that involves lightly contacting the fascia with relaxed hands and slowly stretching the fascia until reaching a barrier. A light pressure is maintained to stretch the barrier for approximately 3–5 minutes. Release of myofascial restrictions can affect other body organs through a release of tension in the whole fascia system. The results are increased energy, increased postural alignment, decreased pain, and feeling more balanced physically mentally and emotionally.
Judy Cole’s Myofascial Release practice is based on the methods developed by physical therapist John Barnes utilizing a whole-body, hands-on approach to the evaluation and treatment of the human structure. The primary focus is on the Fascial System.
The Myofascial Release approach is not traditional massage. Judy uses it because it gets results and brings people added benefits which you will discover as you experience treatment. Oil is not used during MFR so that the hands do not slide on the skin, and can maintain the firm sustained pressure that allows the deeper collagenous part of the fascia to be engaged.
Initial Appointments: $140 for 90 minutes.
Follow up appointments are 60 minutes for $95 (or longer, if desired).
Evaluation works the best if you bring a pair of shorts and a workout top to change into.
For more information, visit my mentor, John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Centers in Paoli , PA or Sedona, AZ.