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What can I expect from treatment sessions?

Myofascial release can be a beneficial treatment for individuals of all ages ranging from infancy and adolescence to adulthood and geriatric years. Pets and animals also respond well to treatment, as well.

Who can benefit from MFR?

Myofascial release can be a beneficial treatment for individuals of all ages ranging from infancy and adolescence to adulthood and geriatric years. Pets and animals also respond well to treatment, as well.

How long will it take before I can expect to feel and function better?

Every individual responds differently based on factors such as the duration and severity of medical history, current lifestyle, motivation levels, frequency/consistency of visits, and ability to maintain compliant with treatment sessions and given home stretching/home exercise regimens. You can speed your recovery time by maintaining compliancy, drinking plenty of water, eating right, getting rest, being accountable, and taking on an active role in your self-care.

How long are MFR treatment sessions?

Your very first session will consist of 90 minutes of treatment, including the evaluation. All follow-up treatment sessions are 60 minutes, but can also be scheduled for 90 or 120 minute time slots depending on your preference and availability. MFR treatment sessions can be followed by 30 minutes of physical therapy services consisting of core training, localized strengthening activities, balance, coordination, functional activity, work or sport-specific training as an additional option.

Can MFR harm me?

MFR can never injure or harm you, and is it never forceful. Your experienced therapist will always listen to and follow your body, as well as respect your feedback at all times.

What does it feel like when a fascial restriction is released?

Releases can feel like butter melting, taffy stretching, or softening imprints into clay. In areas that are extremely tight, it may feel like a mild rope or Indian burn, but will never be outside of your comfort level.

Why am I expected to drink plenty of water after treatment?

When restrictions are released through MFR, it is essential to flush toxins and replenish the fascia that was originally unable to get the adequate nutrients and hydration when restrictions existed. Drinking water restores the function of the fascia that has just been released.

What is Tissue Memory?

Tissue memory plays a large role in your healing process. It is involves the subconscious remembrance of every traumatic incident from being in utero to your present day – whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental trauma. As mentioned in our “Treatment Sessions” section, memories can become locked within the fascial system and can oftentimes manifest themselves in the physical pain that you feel. With the help of MFR, the physical and emotional content of any injury, literal or symbolic, may be addressed in a safe and gentle way and environment, thereby addressing pain on many levels.

What does MFR have to do with emotions?

Trauma does not have to be physical. Trauma can be in the form of emotional or mental abuse, loss, rejection, anger, guilt etc. Out of shame, anger, hurt, or fear, we’ve learned to bury emotions, which oftentimes manifest themselves in pain, dysfunction, or disease in the body. In referring back to tissue memory, your body will release and heal from whatever it needs to, when it needs to - as long as you learn to trust your body’s intuition. Sometimes an emotion or a memory will arise during treatment. Your therapist is trained to encourage you to feel through it and keep you safe amidst anything that may surface. This is necessary for healing on all levels.

What is a Healing Crisis?

After treatment sessions, you may feel a soreness similar to what you would feel after working out. After being misaligned and compensating for bodily imbalances for so long, your body grows accustomed to being off-kilter. With each treatment session, your body begins to open up and resume its proper alignment; it begins to reorganize and adapt to the changes. Because the body is used to being “off” for so long, it goes into panic mode as it shifts into proper alignment. This can mean that symptoms can intensify, moods can begin to change, and underlying or buried traumas or emotions may come to the surface. This is your body’s voice and way of telling you to hone in on what you’re currently feeling. Many people have suffered from pain for so long that they’ve learned to cope with numbing themselves out. MFR brings your awareness back to your entire body, a body which has learned avoidance through pain, medications, or other forms of addiction or distraction. The phrase “You must feel it to heal it” is a great explanation of the necessary means of completing what you’ve subconsciously learned to avoid. Everyone’s journeys are different, but the key is to stick with the process, allow yourself to feel and heal, and know that healing is never a straight, linear trend, but rather a line of ups and downs, and turns and corners. The general direction, however, is upward and for the better!

What are co-treatments?

Each MFR session is typically held with a single therapist, but can commonly be scheduled with two or more therapists who treat you simultaneously for more profound structural and energetic effects.

What are treatment intensives?

Treatment intensives involve getting treated daily for multiple sessions per day, in which the allotted period can range from consecutive days to consecutive weeks. This is a comprehensive treatment option that would aid very heavily in your healing process.

What is Cranio-sacral therapy?

Cranio-sacral therapy (CST) may be used by your therapist to help assist in the reduction of pain and improvement in your function. It is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating, treating, and enhancing the body's cranio-sacral system (the brain and spinal cord). This system is responsible for providing nutrients and for the elimination of waste products from these vital components of the central nervous system. If the cranio-sacral system is not functioning properly, you may experience pain, headaches, lethargy, TMJ problems, or dysfunction elsewhere in the body. CST falls under the umbrella of MFR. 

What is the McKenzie Method?

The McKenzie approach is a system of mechanical evaluation and treatment consisting of repeated motions to help centralize pain. It can be highly effective in the management of spinal (back and neck) pain, particularly with pain that radiates into the extremities/hands and feet. It is used only upon certain evaluation findings.

What is Unwinding and Self-Unwinding?

Unwinding is a form of healing that allows your body to move spontaneously into positions of subconscious significance or through movements that assist in ridding pain and tension. When you learn how to feel and be present within your body, you will grow comfortable with allowing yourself to move through space that your body naturally falls into or calls for. This can consist of smooth flowing movement, slow or rapid movement, or anything else that your body intuitively needs at that specific point in time. Unwinding and Self-Unwinding can be done standing, sitting, or laying down.

What is Rebounding?

This is a rhythmic rocking of the body or body part which facilitates relaxation while gently mobilizing tight joints and connective tissues. It is using the body's fluid nature to erode powerful restrictions and to restore its natural fluid state. It also helps to release and rid the body of toxins that remain within restrictions. Rebounding falls under the umbrella of MFR.

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