What is Myofascial Release? The primary focus of my services is the John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB Myofascial Release method that consists of hands-on techniques to release restrictions in the fascial system through gentle, sustained pressure. It is a safe type of therapy that is very effective in decreasing pain, improving mobility, and enhancing your total well being.
What is the Fascial System? The fascial system is a continuous, three dimensional web from our head to our feet that surrounds, supports, interpenetrates, and protects every part of our body from our muscles to our organs. When our bodies experience trauma, injury, or inflammation, the fascia becomes restricted and can produce tensile pressures of 2000 pounds per square inch.
What are the benefits of Myofascial Release? Some of the many benefits of Myofascial Release are decreasing or eliminating pain, increasing flexibility, range of motion, and rejuvenating the mind/body/spirit.
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What should I expect during a Myofascial Release session? The first session will consist of a postural assessment, consultation to discuss your health history and treatment goals, and your first treatment session. Follow-up sessions will be determined as needed for each individual client.
Where will my Myofascial Release Session take place? In a warm, comfortable, clean and quiet room with relaxing music.
What should I wear to a Myofascial Release session? It is recommended for men to bring shorts and a t-shirt, and women to bring shorts and a sports bra/t-shirt to wear for the treatment session. This allows for an initial standing, postural assessment to determine the myofascial release treatment needed.
How is Myofascial Release different than Massage Therapy? Myofascial Release is different from Massage Therapy in that it is performed on dry skin and no oils or lotions are used. The Myofascial Release therapist gently sinks both hands into fascial restrictions in the tissue with gentle, sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Are Myofascial Release sessions painful? No. Although some areas of fascial restriction may feel mildly uncomfortable, Myofascial Release is gentle and never forces, leads, or overstretches. Your therapist will establish open communication during your session. If you experience anything that feels too intense, then let your therapist know and modifications will be made immediately.
Where has Smith trained in Myofascial Release? Smith has completed over 380 hours of training in Myofascial Release I X 2, Myofascial Release II X 2, Myofascial Unwinding X 2, Advanced Myofascial Unwinding X 2, Fascial-Pelvis X 2, Cervical-Thoracic, Fascial Cranium, Pediatric Myofascial Release, Myofascial Mobilization X 2, Myofascial Rebounding X 2, Myofascial Healing Seminar, and the Therapy for the Therapist program and Skill Enhancement Seminar X 2 at the Eastern Myofascial Release Treatment Center in Malvern, PA.
Where can I read more about Myofascial Release? Read more about Myofascial Releasehere.