The innovator behind Myofascial Release John F. Barnes defines Myofascial Release as:
“Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.” This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.”
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release
Mofascial Release is effective in freeing up the tissues and restrictions that can pull on other structural parts of the body such as joints, the spine and the muscles. Myofascial release is found to be helpful for treating the following conditions:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck and upper back pain
- Spinal Disc injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post Surgical Scar tissue
- Chronic / Complicated Pain
Talk to your Alliant Physical Therapist to find out more information on Myofascial Release and if this treatment could help you!