Myofascial Release Therapy
By treating you as a whole person intellectually, emotionally and structurally, we have a profound effect on your body’s ability to eliminate pain and restore motion. Pain is caused by tightness within the body’s deep tissue that creates pressure on pain sensitive structures. Pain is caused by restriction of the connective tissue we refer to as the fascia. Myofascial tension in one area can affect and cause pain in other areas.
Myofascial Release at Southwest P.T. is a unique holistic hands-on treatment that identifies the causes of the pain by treating the whole body. Treating only your symptoms gives you only temporary relief. Our physical therapy practice has been augmented by this and other therapies until we have developed a much more compassionate approach.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the seamless web of tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three-dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. The fascia surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel or organ of the body all the way down to the cellular level.
What is Damaged Fascia?
In the healthy state the fascia is relaxed and glides freely. Trauma, posture, surgeries, inflammation, stress, and overuse cause the fascia to tighten. This results in pain and decreased motion. Tightness or myofascial restrictions do not show up in standard medical tests such as X-rays and MRIs, so often your doctor sees nothing wrong. Myofascial restrictions can cause enormous pressure up to 2000 lbs. per square inch on pain-sensitive structures producing your symptoms.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release as taught by John Barnes, P.T. is designed to release the fascia throughout the whole body. The therapist applies hands-on pressure and uses gentle stretches to elongate the strained fascia, releasing tension. Myofascial tension in one area can affect and cause pain in other areas. The therapist follows the trail of tension and moves from one affected area to the next, untangled the traumatized fascia web.
Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction in one area becomes the source of tension to the rest of the body- like a chain reaction. For example, work on the hips and low back can help reduce tension in the neck which can eliminate headaches.