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MEET THE EXPERT

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.

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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.

 
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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?