Myofascial release therapy uses little to no lotions or oils. This allows the practitioner to “hook” into the adhesive tissue and separate it from surrounding structures. The application of the technique will feel like compression and stretching directed into the tight and painful area. Slowly, the fascia will rehydrate and begin to feel more elastic and supple as it slides away from the neighboring structures. When applied skillfully, myofascial techniques can almost instantaneously reduce pain and improve range of motion.
Manual therapy also mobilizes the related joints and tissues. The practitioner will request specific movements from the client, during which the practitioner will direct pressure into the affected area. This technique further releases the fascia and re-educates the muscles to accommodate new movement. As proper range of motion is restored, the joint mobilization teaches the nervous system its new boundaries, which will also help to reduce muscle pain and spasms.
Myofascial release therapy produces local responses that rapidly improve tissue health as the body’s own processes are reestablished and normalized. Myofascial release therapy can be used for pain anywhere in the body, including the neck, lower back, piriformis, knee, shoulder, hip, hamstring, and many other regions.
Todd’s command of both manual therapy and acupuncture treatments make him an expert in treating a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.
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