MyoFascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial Release is a very effective, hands-on, specific technique that treats the entire body/mind complex by eliminating pressure on the restrictions in the connective tissue in order to eliminate pain and restore motion.
MFR treatments enhance body awareness by promoting independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by physical therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems. To understand what Myofascial Release is and why it works, you have to understand a little about fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight.
This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of other symptoms in areas you often wouldn't expect. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia.
In other words, Myofascial Release is stretching of the fascia. The stretch is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient's body. This feedback tells the therapist how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch. Small areas of muscle are stretched at a time. Sometimes the therapist may use only two fingers to stretch a small part of a muscle. The feedback the therapist feels determines which muscles are stretched and in what order.
Each Myofascial Release technique contains the same components. The physical therapist finds the area of tightness. A light stretch is applied to the tight area. The physical therapist waits for the tissue to relax and then increases the stretch. The process is repeated until the area is fully relaxed. Then, the next area is stretched.
The therapist will be able to find sore spots just by feel. Often, patients are unable to pinpoint some sore spots or have grown used to them until the physical therapist finds them and points them out. The size and sensitivity of these sore spots, sometimes called Trigger Points, will decrease with treatment.
Most patients are surprised by how gentle Myofascial Release is. Some patients fall asleep during treatment. Others later go home and take a nap. Most patients find Myofascial Release to be a very relaxing form of treatment. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient's pain and by an improvement in overall posture.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a gentle technique that normalizes the cranio-sacral system and allows your body to self correct.
By unraveling pain and dysfunction at the source, the therapist will naturally help eliminate stress, strengthen resistance to disease, and enhance your health in every dimension.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is an alternative medicine therapy used by osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, and chiropractors. It is a gentle, hands on form of body therapy that evaluates and enhances the physiological system called the cranio-sacral system, a system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.
With the patient fully clothed, and using a soft touch, usually no heavier than the weight of a small coin, the therapist can tune in to the cranio-sacral rhythm and release restrictions in the system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Cranio-sacral therapists work gently with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms, and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is optimized, and misaligned bones are restored to their proper position. CST therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ Syndrome, and for chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Few systems have as much impact on the human body as the cranio-sacral system. It protects and nourishes the brain and spinal cord, and affects nearly every aspect of central nervous system performance. That's why CST is so critical to your healthcare regimen. Developed after years of university research and testing, it allows the therapist to release fascial restrictions anywhere on the body that may be impinging the cranio-sacral system and, by extension, every other system it interacts with.
CST is a gentle technique that normalizes the cranio-sacral system and allows your body to self correct. By unraveling pain and dysfunction at the source, the therapist will naturally help eliminate stress, strengthen resistance to disease, and enhance your health in every dimension.
Contemporary Cupping Methods
Contemporary Cupping Methods release rigid soft tissue, drain excess fluids and toxins, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue, and bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles, create increased space in the tissues and allow the lymph system to work effectively.
Kinesio Taping® is a rehabilitative technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process.
It provides support and stability to muscles & joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It provides extended soft tissue manipulation prolonging the benefits of manual therapy. It treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. It supports and rehabilitates the affected condition by targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other modalities and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases of an injury as well as a preventative measure.