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Manual Therapy

What is Myofascial Release according to John F Barnes


According to John F Barnes, creator of Myofascial Release (MFR for short):


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 manual therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which the therapist use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques.


Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.


Derrick is a MFR Specialist and that combined with his 10+ years of massage/bodywork knowledge makes him an excellent practitioner.


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What to know for your first manual therapy session:


1) Please complete the intake form online in advance of your session or come in a little before your session and complete the form in person.

2) During the manual therapy session we ask that all clients wear loose clothing. Please note that clients remain clothed during a manual therapy session. Please bring or wear shorts (baggy preferred) and tank top for your session for women and shorts for men. If you don't have shorts then super baggy pants that could be pulled up to work the leg or if you don't have a tank top a t-shirt can be tucked in under a bra strap for women or rolled up for men.

3) Please don't put lotion on right before your appointment.

Richard Harty, PT Explains Myofascial Release

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