What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions to help eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses, chronic poor posture, bracing against pain, and stress create Myofascial restrictions. These restrictions can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, MRI's, CAT scans, etc.). Effective MFR treatment involves various techniques that are applied to several different area's of the body. There are three components to to MFR -Structural work, Rebounding, and Unwinding. Structural work uses light, sustained pressure to engage the barrier, hold for 3-5 minutes and then follow the barrier to allow the system to reset - opening your own self healing mechanism. Rebounding is the application of a rhythmic wave to engage the fluid component of the body. It is used to assess where restrictions exist as well as to aid in releasing them. Unwinding can occur when you connect deeply enough into a restriction that you/your body take over moving into whatever position is needed for that restriction to release. MFR address the entirety of your Being -Body, Mind and Soul.
What is Fascia?
The Fascia is a three dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds and infuses every part of the body including the bones, muscles, vessels, spinal cord and internal organs - all the way to the individual cells. The fascial system can affect every system and function in the body. Because the fascia is continuous throughout our bodies, fascial restriction in one area can pull on another. Over time, this can create a new fascial restriction in the area being pulled on. For example, when scars/restrictions harden in one area following injury, inflammation, disease, surgery, etc. it can put tension on adjacent pain-sensitive structures as well as on structures in far away areas. If only the original injury/symptom is addressed and not the whole system, the symptom will likely resurface and results will only be temporary. The John F. Barnes is a while body approach to evaluation and treatment and when used in conjunction with self care practices it can produce effective, long term results.
What Should I wear?
Myofascial Release is done directly on the skin. You should bring appropriate clothes so that you are "comfortably undressed" For example: a pair of loose athletic shorts and a tank top or sports bra, or a two piece bathing suit or you are welcome to be in your underwear if you are comfortable.
How should I feel after a MFR session?
Treatments are generally quite relaxing. Typically you will experience improved range of motion, better posture and a general sense of well-being. Occasionally you may experience a continuation of the process after the session has ended. Sometimes you may have mild muscle soreness, heightened emotional awareness, a temporary return of your acute symptoms or an awareness of a new pain or discomfort – this is known as a Healing Crisis. This is a normal response and nothing to be concerned about. It can last from a few hours to a few days. Healing can be messy and it can be two steps forward, one step back for awhile, especially if restrictions have been present in your body for years. The "Healing Crisis" is your body's way of allowing full healing to occur by self-correcting the thwarted inflammatory response that was not fully dealt with during the initial injury. It is important to communicate and give feedback about any post treatment soreness that you experience, the soreness may be in an area that was treated or in another area that is connected through facial restrictions. This is important to know so that those areas can be addressed during your next treatment. Drink plenty of water, do your self treatments, schedule another session and trust yourself and your body's ability to heal!