Hands on treatment to address the underlying causes of pain, returning you to an active life
All about MFR
Feb 14, 2014
What is fascia? Fascia is a type of connective tissue in the body. It surrounds, protects, and supports the structure of the body. Fascia surround every muscle, muscle fiber, blood vessel and nerve down to the cellular level. New research also is confirming the role of connective tissue and the extra-cellular matrix in the immune system and as a whole body communication system! Fascia is composed of elastin (which is elastic), collagen (which is strong), and ground substance (a gel like fluid that fills the spaces between the elastin and collagen). This composition makes fascia flexible and very strong.
Injury, trauma, surgeries, cancer treatments, childbirth, and sustained postures can cause fascia to thicken, shorten, adhere, and dehydrate. When this happens, there can be pressure on the muscles, joints, nerves, blood vessels, lymph system, and even pressure on the organs. The result of fascial tightening and adhering can be pain, decreased range of motion, structural misalignment and dysfunction of the immune system as well as disruption of the vital whole body communication.
Sessions usually begin with a postural assessment where the therapist observes fascial pulls/tensions within the patient’s structure. Gentle, sustained pressure or stretch is applied to facilitate the fascia to stretch, elongate and reorganize. Other techniques may be used to help facilitate change. Treatment can occur in standing, sitting, or on the table.
John Barne’s Myofascial Release Approach ® is a comprehensive approach that addresses the whole person, body and mind. The techniques are highly effective at reducing pain and improving function, encouraging health and well-being. People of all ages and ability, from disabled to competitive athlete, can benefit from myofascial release.
Carol Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTAde
“What makes sustained Myofascial Release unique is that authentic change in the body is mediated through treating the essence of the fascial matrix giving close attention to the flow of the release through hands-on pressure and stretch.”
Benefits of myofascial release include:
Improved athletic performance
Feelings of connectedness and happiness