Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and effective manual therapy technique for treating pain and dysfunction. It involves applying gentle sustained pressure into fascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
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 but can cause structural malalignments and subsequent pain.
Myofascial Release eliminates the pressure of the myofascial system that causes the pain.
Examples of pain include:
– Back Pain
– Head Aches
– Numbness & tingling in the extremities
Myofascial Release is a specialty area available to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital inpatients and outpatients. Each treatment is performed directly on the skin without oils or creams which enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Amanda Schaefer, a Physical Therapist Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, has been trained in John Barnes Myofascial Release techniques. Amanda’s one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments. She combines Myofascial Release techniques and promotes independence through education in self-treatment, body mechanics, strength & flexibility and postural awareness. Her goal is work with the patient to decrease their pain and return them to the activities they enjoy.
If you or someone you know would benefit from Myofascial Release, contact the Snoqualmie Hospital Rehabilitation Department at 425-831-2300, ext. 236. For more details, go to: Myofascial Release.