Myofascial release is a form of manual therapy that uses gentle pressure over time to release restrictions in the connective tissue that may have arisen because of trauma, surgery, accidents, repetitive motion, etc.
It was originated by osteopath Andrew Still and further developed by scientist Ida Roth, osteopath Robert Ward and taught extensively by John Barnes, physical therapist. All of our therapists have been trained by John Barnes.
The therapist assesses the body through postural analysis and palpation of the connective tissue to identify these areas of restriction, which are the cause of pain and dysfunction. Releasing these areas with gentle pressure results in a permanent change in the body as we are changing the actual cause, three dimensionally through the body and not just addressing the symptoms.
The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. The practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system- the dural tube that encapsulates the brain and spinal cord
The therapist will perform a postural analysis explain what this is to assess the connective tissue and palpate the body by pressing and stretching gently. This identifies areas of restriction. Therapist will apply gentle targeted pressure to release restrictions. Clients can wear comfortable loose clothing, which allows access to the skin.
Every one responds differently to this work and factors such as amount of trauma, hydration, magnesium levels in the body and overall nutrition all play a part. In general, most clients notice significant change in 3-5 sessions, many find significant relief after only one session.
With a doctors prescription (which is written for “Myofascial Release”, CPT code 97140) many clients receive coverage at an “out of network” rate.
This therapy has been practiced for the last 30 years but traditionally medical schools do not focus on the soft tissue except during dissection, which does not consider the dynamics of living tissue. We have many physicians who refer to us because they have recognized the value of this work.