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Joseph Collura

Joseph Collura is a highly trained physical therapist and expert myofascial release practitioner trained by John F. Barnes. He provides physical therapy services by using integrative techniques to treat pain and discomfort without medicine, surgery and medical procedures- offering patients a positive and comfortable experience that minimizes side effects and risk. He is an advocate of preventative care and knows that regular physical therapy visits can prevent pain and disease before it starts. Joseph Collura, PT helps all individuals from older adults to young children, busy professionals, or stay at home parents, who want quality, and convenient care with lasting results.

WHAT IS

Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release occurs when light pressure is put on the points of tension, pushing the damaged tissue gently. It can be used on very small, localized areas as well over larger areas such as the torso, arms, and legs. It differs from massage in that MFR can be very localized and is very gentle and tailored to each patient’s body and needs. Someone practicing MFR listens to the cues of the patient’s body and works at pace in line with the body’s needs. Massage is usually much more forceful and often pushes the body’s pain limits to achieve results.

Fascia is the connective tissue that covers all the body’s living cells from your head to your toes. If you only had fascia, there would be a complete outline of every muscle, bone and organ inside the body. More specifically, Myofascia is the connective tissue that covers the muscles and tendons. Your fascia contains a pattern of tension that can be changed based on poor circulation, posture, tight or restrictive clothing, surgeries, scar tissue, acute injuries, and more. The fascia can “bunch up” in places so that the layers are no longer uniform but instead have knots, similar to abnormal knots in a piece of lumber. These form restrictions as we use and move our bodies in different ways it might not be used to. It can be very painful if the fascia is pulled tight and stretched in places where it’s not meant to, resulting in tissue damage.

 

MFR is all about relaxation and comfort so the practitioner can work effectively and access every layer of fascia while improving the patient’s health, posture, flexibility, circulation, alleviating their pain and any muscle tension.

 

Trauma is one of the main instigators of fascia and traumatic events such as surgery, stress, accidents, injuries, etc. can stress the fascia, which produces tensile pressure of close to 2,000 pounds per square inch, producing a kind of pain that doesn’t show up on X-Rays or MRI tests.

 

These kinds of traumatic events restrict the fibers of the fascia, which in turn prevents fluid from getting through the fascial system. These restrictions and points of stress affect the entire body and can also affect areas that are seemingly unrelated or are far in distance from the point of restriction. For this reason, the fascial system is often called a “straight jacket,” because nothing can change it, not stretching, heat, or exercise. Until the myofascial release treatment is given, the pain will come back.

 

The Approach

The myofascial release approach is not just an assembly of techniques. It creates a whole body awareness that allows our therapists to facilitate change, growth and the possibility of total resolution of restrictions, emotions and belief systems which can impede a patient’s progress. Myofascial Release will safely and gently release the entire fascial system for lasting and comprehensive results and whole body healing.

Our therapists are trained in the John F. Barnes, PT Myofascial Release approach as it has consistently proven to have produced results in patients that last. In this technique, we use gentle sustained pressure or pulling on the body. Our therapists detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia and restore movement.

What Problems Can Myofascial Release Can Help?

BACK PAIN


Myofascial Release is extremely helpful in reducing back pain, restoring the motion and flexibility of the entire spine by treating the front and back three-dimensionally and the associated pelvis which is considered to be the foundation of the spine.




BULGING DISC


MFR decreases tightness in the tissues surrounding the spine to prevent further herniation and decrease pain and symptoms.




BURSITIS


MFR decreases tightness of the tissues surrounding the bursa to alleviate pressure, restore full motion, and eliminate inflammation of the bursa.




CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME


MFR decreases the tightness of the tissues in the chest, neck, and arms to allow the nerves to glide easily and freely to eliminate symptoms.




CERVICAL AND LUMBAR INJURIES


MFR helps to alleviate tightness and restore motion and function by decreasing he pressure cause by tight connective tissues.




CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME


MFR decreases tightness and eliminates fascial tissue restrictions to eliminate pain, restore mobility, and eliminate exhaustion.




CHRONIC PAIN


MFR decreases fascial restrictions throughout the body, including areas of previous injury to eliminate pain.




DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE


MFR decreases tightness and fascial restrictions surrounding the problematic discs and vertebrae to prevent further dehydration of the discs and alleviate pain.




FIBROMYALGIA


MFR decreases fascial restrictions throughout the body to re-gain optimal flexibility, improve energy levels, restore normal sleeping patterns, and resolve pain.




FROZEN SHOULDER (ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS)


MFR restores mobility to tissue that is scarred or adhered in and surrounding the shoulder joint to restore the ability to fully move the shoulder without pain.




HERNIATED DISC


MFR decreases tightness in the tissues surrounding the spine to prevent further herniation and decrease pain and symptoms.




HEADACHES OR MIGRAINES


MFR decreases tightness and restores mobility of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord, restores optimal postural alignment, and alignment of the bones of the head to alleviate symptoms and prevent future occurrence of headaches and migraines.




MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME


MFR decreases tightness in the fascia and muscles to eliminate trigger points and alleviate associated symptoms.




NECK PAIN


Myofascial Release can help to remove the compression that restrictions can apply to pain sensitive structures in the cervical region and associated structures that cause pain and dysfunction.





OSTEOARTHRITIS


MFR decreases tightness of tissues surrounding joints to alleviate pressure and compression in the joint. This can relieve pain, improve mobility of the joint, and prevent further wearing away of the cartilage.




PELVIC PAIN


MFR decreases tightness of tissues surrounding the pelvic and abdominal areas to eliminate symptoms.




PLANTAR FASCITIS


MFR decreases tightness in the tissues of the leg and bottom of the foot to restore proper alignment of the hip bones and bones of the feet to enable pain-free walking.




PUDENDAL NERVE ENTRAPMENT


By providing gentle, sustained hands-on stretching into the areas of fascial restriction, Myofascial Release can restore the necessary slack to the system to take the pressure off of the pudendal nerve. This helps to eliminate pain and improve the ability to sit, engage in intercourse, and maintain continence.




SCARS (HYPERTROPHIC, HYPERSENSITIVE, PAINFUL, BURN SCARS, MASTECTOMY SCARS)


MFR decreases tightness of scar tissue to alleviate pain, restore normal sensation, and decrease thickness of scar tissue.




SCIATICA


MFR decreases tightness and spasm in the tissues surrounding the low back and bones of the spine to decrease compression of nerves and restore optimal postural alignment to eliminate symptoms.




SCOLIOSIS


MFR decreases tightness of tissues surrounding the spine and pelvis to restore proper alignment of the hip bones and bones of the spine. This decreases symptoms, improves posture, and restores even leg length.




SHIN SPLINTS


MFR decreases tightness and fascial restrictions of the tissues in the shins and legs to alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence with future physical activity.




TENNIS ELBOW


MFR decreases tightness of tissue and muscles in the forearm surrounding the elbow to alleviate symptoms.




TINNITUS (RINGING OF THE EARS)


MFR decreases tightness of tissues of the head, face, and ear canal to restore proper alignment of the bones of the head and aid in draining fluid in the ear.




TMJ SYNDROME


MFR decreases tightness in the tissues surrounding the jaw and mouth, eliminates pain and grinding, and restores optimal postural alignment to allow the jaw to work properly and smoothly




TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA


MFR decreases tightness in the tissues and fascia of the face and head to decrease compression of the nerve and resolve symptoms.




WHIPLASH


MFR decreases tightness and spasm of the muscles in the neck to restore mobility of the neck and eliminate pain.




STRESS & ANXIETY