Myofascial Release (MFR)
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. MFR is an extremely mild stretching and balancing that has a deep and profound effect on body tissues.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system (the brain and spinal cord). CST uses very light touch to balance the craniosacral system, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area. CST falls under the umbrella of MFR.
Once you’re aligned and the fascia has been released and put back into it’s natural state, we will create a therapeutic exercise program focusing on myofascial stretching. This program will be designed to look at you as a whole including the activities you do and your function in whatever environment you live and work in. You will be responsible for your recovery through the custom made program. The program might include therapeutic exercise and activities, gait training, body awareness, physical therapy based yoga, and other things.
Physical Therapy and Myofascial Release FAQ
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY PHYSICAL THERAPY APPOINTMENT?
WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE DURING MY FIRST VISIT, AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
The first session will consist of an initial evaluation, asking questions about the history of your complaint, followed by a physical examination, and then treatment. The first session is generally a 90 minute session. Follow up treatments can be either 60 or 90 mins.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO COME FOR TREATMENT?
There is no recommended amount of visits required. Everyone is individualistic. Some patients require more treatment than others. Other patients will come for treatment as needed. Recommendations and assistance in self-treatment will also be part of your treatment. This allows the patient to do more on their own at home.
HOW DOES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WORK?
MFR was founded on the understanding that we all have the ability to heal ourselves. It is primarily “gentle work” that consists of holding tissue in a stretched position for a prolonged period of time. While gentle in nature the work has the ability to yield “powerful results”. The more prepared you are to receive the treatment the better those results will be.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MYOFASCIAL RELEASE SESSION?
During the session it will be helpful to shift your awareness from your mind to your body. This “centering” will help quiet your mind and support the flow of healing energy. Centering may consist of focusing on a singular function, like breathing or feeling tension/lack of tension in a particular area of your body. Let yourself go to the best of your ability. When you “take the brakes off” and let go of resistance there is no limit to the power of your being.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A MYOFASCIAL RELEASE SESSION?
It is important to drink plenty of water in the hours following your session. MFR benefits have the potential to continue well after your session has ended.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Please call our office for more information on insurance plans we accept. We can provide an itemized bill that you can submit to your insurance company. Payment is made at time of treatment. We accept cash, check, credit or debit.