Myofascial Release, developed by John F. Barnes, PT is an integrative therapy, based on both massage work and gentle stretching designed to warm and loosen the muscles. Through trauma, poor posture or repetitive motion, restrictions can form in the fascia, causing pressure on nerves, blood vessels, muscles, joints and organs. By applying a static, prolonged pressure to the restricted tissue, the therapist will release tension from the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves, joints. This integrative approach will unblock any scar tissue or tension due to injury in the muscles and surrounding tissues. A typical Myofascial Release treatment lasts an hour, and afterward clients often rave about the total release of body tension they experience. Sometimes Myofascial Release can be quite intense, especially in the case of muscles which are holding a great deal of tension and stress. After the session, some clients experience slight stiffness and soreness, which will usually vanish over the next few days, leaving behind a sense of well-being. Treatment is often recommended to soothe many common pain-associated conditions including:
How does Myofascial Release Help?
Myofascial Release operates on the principle that many people hold stress in their muscles, which causes the muscles to seize or lock. This is exacerbated by muscle injury and scarring. Myofascial Release aims to access these areas of blockage and tension to release them, thereby freeing up the muscle and allowing it to move more easily and effectively. This technique provides sustained pressure and stretching to the fascial system of the body.
Benefits of Myofascial Release
Myofascial Release can be highly beneficial for patients with and muscle-associated health issues, fibromyalgia, and back pain. For this reason, some doctors prescribe this more holistic approach in conjunction with other forms of therapy to give patients a greater range of options. Myofascial Release is frequently incorporated into pain management plans, and patients often feel positive effects after only a few sessions.
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