Getting Started with Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (MFR) treatments require skin-to-skin contact and friction between your therapist's hands and you. Therefore, please refrain from applying any lotions or creams before your treatment. If you must use cream for a medical reason, try to apply it after your session if possible. While your therapist needs to be able to put their hands on your skin, it is not necessary for you to be completely disrobed. Therefore, for your comfort and continued modesty we recommend you wear two piece bathing suits (alternately loose shorts and a loose tank top or t-shirt will work) for women and loose shorts or bathing suits for men. Your therapist will provide towels, blankets and sheets so you do not get too chilled during your treatment.

For your first visit, come five or ten minutes early as we have a brief intake form for you to fill out prior to your session. This information helps your therapist understand what conditions you want treated and your general health status.

Effects of TreatmentWhile myofascial release is gentle, it has profound effects upon the body tissues. Do not let the gentleness deceive you. While each patient's response will be highly individual, certain common responses are seen repeatedly. Occasionally you may leave after the first treatment feeling like nothing happened. Later (even a day later), the effects of the treatment begin to manifest themselves.

Often there is soreness after treatment for several hours or perhaps a day. The discomfort is a result of the released tissues secreting lactic acid and other trapped metabolic wastes into the intercellular spaces where it can then be excreted via the body's normal pathways. The best way to aid this process is by drinking extra water which helps flush toxins out of the body.

Frequently remarkable improvement is noted
immediately during or after a treatment while at other times improvement comes after the soreness described above. Other typical responses reported by patients include: seemingly new pain in new areas, lightheadedness or nausea, and emotional responses such as joy or sadness. In any case, it is all part of your healing process.

Generally, acute cases are typically resolved with a few treatments. The more chronic the problem, the longer it usually takes to bring lasting results. Some chronic conditions that have developed over a period of years can require two or three treatments a week to obtain optimal results. Once the chronic condition has significantly improved, less frequent treatments are needed to maintain your progress. You may find that once the pain has subsided, one treatment every few weeks can keep you in good condition.

Experience has shown that very infrequent treatments will often result in fascial tightness creeping back to the level that existed prior to the last treatment. To help ameliorate this process, your therapist will give you stretching and self-treatment exercises to do at home to maintain the gains realized during your treatment.

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