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Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from your head to your feet without interruption. Trauma or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs. Since all of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc., do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain, headaches and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Fascia is a specialized system of the body which has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering that interpenetrates every structure of our body. The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings: it is actually one uninterrupted struc- ture which exists from your head to your feet. In this way you can begin to see each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its flexibility. It becomes very tight, and can be a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time has a cumulative effect. The fascia can exert exces- sive pressure producing pain,headaches and/or restriction of motion.
Myofascial Release™ allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our therapy sessions are hands on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release™ tech- niques and movement therapy. The goal of Myofascial Release™ is to restore the individual's freedom, so they may return to a pain free, active lifestyle.
Health professionals have long ignored the importance of the entire fascial system. This glaring omission has severely restricted your ability to relieve your symptoms and to heal. Trauma and inflammatory responses create myofascial restrictions that can produce crushing tensile pressures of approximately 2000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures. This enormous pressure acts like a “straitjacket” on muscles, nerves, blood vessels and bones producing the symptoms of pain, headaches and restriction of motion.
The medical approach is to drug patients so they temporarily are free from pain, but it does nothing about the “straitjacket” of pressure that is causing the pain. Traditional physical, occupational, and massage therapy treat the symptoms caused by the “straitjacket” effect of a restricted myofascial system, but does nothing about the ”straitjacket” of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms. This is why so many patients have only temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy.
Only the John F. Barnes, PT approach to myofascial release treats the entire myofascial complex eliminating the pressure caused by the restricted myofascial system (the “straitjacket”) that creates the symptoms.
(1) ____________________________ 1 Adapted from John F. Barnes, PT International Lecturer, Author and Authority on Myofascial Release.
Why Myofascial Release Therapy for pain and stress relief? Myofascial Release (MFR) is more beneficial to the patient than massage therapy because it has much longer lasting results. In fact, deep tissue massage actually causes rebound spasms and increased pain a few days after the massage. This is especially true for people with fibromyalgia. After eight years of providing massage therapy, with thousands of satisfied clients, we discovered the John Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release. Ninety five percent of our clients at Rosemont Pain Relief Therapy have switched from massage to Myofascial Release Therapy because they are actually healing and getting better results. Massage only focuses on the muscles, whereas Myofascial Release Therapy is much more comprehensive because it relieves restrictions not only in the muscles, but also the connective tissue (fascia) that covers muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs. Myofascial Release Therapy increases blood circulation, relieves pressure on nerves and eventually eliminates those “knots” in your muscles, allowing for less pain and more freedom of movement. If you want a “feel-good, temporary fix”, then have a massage. If, however, you want to find the cause of the pain and begin to heal, then you owe it to yourself to try Myofascial Release. Dennis and Carol have received extensive training in the John Barnes, PT Approach to Myofascial Release and use it exclusively in their practice.
Consider how pain medicine masks symptoms, does nothing to correct the problem and can also result in overuse injuries. Also, conventional treatments such as surgery, cortisone epidurals, trigger point injections, ultrasound and chiropractic treatments all have their positives, but do nothing to release the restricted spider web of fascia that is restricting muscles, pinching nerves, and constricting blood flow and causing pain.
Myofascial Release Therapy is the therapy to return you to a pain free active lifestyle. Myofascial Release Therapy therapy also includes a home flexibility program to enhance your individual treatments, which is not included in regular massage therapy.
“Myofascial Release Eases the Pain of Women’s Health Problems”
John F. Barnes, Tuesday May 28th, 2002
“One in four women ages 30 to 59 have experienced urinary incontinence…some women undergo pelvic or abdominal surgery to help resolve incontinence, menstrual, or pelvic pain problems often associated with pelvic floor muscle weakness following multiple child births. This solution, however, often puts these same women at risk for developing other pelvic pain problems…”
Pelvic Floor Pain & Dysfunction
Breast Implant/Reduction Scars
Urinary Incontinence, Urgency, or Frequency
The Pregnant Woman
Painful ScarsMenstrual Problems
Many times chronic, persistent headaches, neck and back pain can be resolved with Myofascial Release to the pelvic area in addition to treating other areas of the body.
BODY CUSHION OPTION: alleviates pressure on the neck, breasts, abdomen and low back while supporting and decompressing the spine. The pregnant patient can lie comfortably on her side or abdomen. The body cushion provides relaxing comfort for post breast surgery patients, pregnant women and clients who are uncomfortable lying face down on a massage table.
PREGNANCY OPTION TABLE: We also have a special option on our state-of-the-art table that allows pregnant women to lie on their stomach in comfort without fear of harming the fetus. This feels so good! The table can also be placed in a comfortable reclining position, (especially good for those with severe breathing difficulties).
Myofascial Personalized Home Treatment / Flexibility Program
Myofascial Freedom stretching is different from and more effective than traditional stretching. Rather than overstretching and “pushing through the barrier” approaches, myofascial stretching gently engages the tissue restrictions, then, just as gently, moves into the tissue to elongate or “telescope” the tissue to allow releases. We teach this wonderful and most effective technique in a, “one-on-one”, 60-minute appointment. These floor exercises can be performed by the client in the comfort of their own home. The client will be given a set of diagrams upon completion of the program.
Home Exercise program teaches proper and safe use of exercise balls and a foam roller. This program is designed to allow the individual to self-treat between visits to ease fascial restrictions and reduce their pain. Let us show you how to use the “grapefruit sized” rubber ball to alleviate those painful knots in as little as 5-15 minutes. This one-on-one instruction is by appointment only. Length of appointment is One Hour.
Intensive Treatments: Rosemont Pain Relief Therapy offers a team approach by Carol and Dennis, both experienced therapists to combine their insights and skills into your Myofascial Release Therapy treatment. These intensive treatments can use both therapists in a single session or may use one therapist in many sessions. Intensives are usually two to three sessions per week for two to three weeks. This type of treatment is designed to accelerate your healing experience or to use when you have an acute problem, severe pain or exacerbation of your symptoms.
Disabled services: We provide a wheelchair ramp and an electric treatment table in our treatment room for easy access for those in wheelchairs and for those people with other disabilities using walkers or canes. (Please note: we require you to have an attendant to help you transfer from your wheelchair to the table and back again).
Pregnancy Option: We also have a special option available on our state-of-the-art table that allows pregnant women to lie on their stomach in comfort without fear of harming the fetus or themselves. The table can also be put in a semi-recumbent or a reclining position for those needing that comfort option (especially good for those with severe breathing difficulties).
Body Cushion Option: Supports the body without pressure, alleviating pressure on the neck, breasts, abdomen and low back while supporting and decompressing the spine. Provides excellent comfort for post breast surgery patients or large breasted women while being treated.
Insurance coverage: Sorry, we do not take lien cases. Workers Compensation or health insurance coverage is not available at this time.