Fascia is a thin layer of densely woven tissue that supports and maintains muscle and organ structure. It is a spider web like structure that exists from head to toe, interconnecting all parts of the body, covering and penetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein, as well as many of the internal organs, including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is described as relaxed and wavy in configuration, moving and stretching without restriction. If myofascia becomes tightened in some places, muscle and other tissues can become constricted, restricting function and causing pain. When there is physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Even poor posture and repetitive stress injuries can cause changes in the fascial system. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
Myofascial release is performed directly on skin without oils or creams and is different from a massage, with the therapist detecting fascial restrictions and applying the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. The therapist gently stretches and elongates the fascia, helping it to relax, decrease pain, and increase function. Myofascial work results in postural improvement, relaxation, and decreased pain. We suggest wearing loose fitting shorts for this myofascial session, and women should wear a sports bra. This type of clothing will allow the therapist access to all areas of fascial restriction.
Our myofascial therapists are trained in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach. Elke Harrison, LMT, has extensive training that includes MFR 1 and 2, MF Unwinding, MF Advanced Unwinding, Cervical-Thoracic, MF Rebounding, Fascial-Pelvis and Skill Enhancement. Claire Melebeck, PT, DPT is trained in Myofascial 1 and Fascial-Pelvis. Click Here to learn more about these therapists.
50 minute Myofascial session with Physical Therapy Treatment - $120
50 minute Myofascial session with a Massage Therapist - $85