Who Provides Myofascial Release Therapy?
Many different types of health professionals use some myofascial release therapy, including osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, physical or occupational therapists, massage therapists, or sports medicine/injury specialists. There are also those who specialize in Myofascial Release Therapy. These therapists undergo specific training and courses in John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy, keeping up to date on all the lastest techniques.These courses can be extensive but, are necessary to attain a high level of competency. Look for someone who is rated Expert Level by the John Barnes Association. Myofascial Therapy sessions follow a pattern similar to physical therapy for post-operative rehabilitation. An initial appointment will be devoted to locating the areas of the fascia that appear to be restricted, and measuring the level of loss of motion or loss of symmetry in the body. Subsequent treatment sessions may:
- Last at least 30 but optimally 60 minutes or more per session.
- Be conducted daily or every few days.
- Take place at outpatient clinic or health center.
- Have a trained therapist provide hands-on treatment in a relaxing, private therapy room.
- Take place over a few weeks or months, depending on the nature and intensity of disability.
The specific releases to different parts of the body vary, but generally include gentle application of pressure or sustained low load stretch to the affected area. Progress is gauged by the level of increased motion or function experienced, and/or decrease in pain felt by the patient.