Myofascial Release Technique
What Is Myofascial Release?
Release is the state-of-the-art, soft tissue management system that treats problems that occur and is most
effective for release from myofascial pain, trigger points and muscular problems due to physical injuries and
emotional and stress-related trauma that occur with:
Here is a list of just a few of the conditions that can be resolved quickly
and permanently with Myofascial Release:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
These conditions all have one important thing in common - they often result
from injury to overused muscles.
How do overuse injuries
Overused muscles (and other traumatized soft tissues) can cause changes to
your body in three important ways:
Cause acute injuries (pulls,
Accumulate small tears.
Reduce oxygen flow to cells
Each of these changes causes your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue
in the affected area.
This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely.
As scar tissue builds
Muscles become shorter
Tension on tendons causes tendonitis.
Nerves can become
This can result in reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength, and
With trapped nerves, you may also feel tingling, numbness, shooting pains,
burning sensations, weakness, muscle atrophy and circulatory changes.
What happens during an Myofascial
Every Myofascial Release session is actually a combination of
Dr. Hardy uses his hands to evaluate the texture, tension, movement and
function of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves.
Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient
These treatment protocols – over 500 of them – which are unique to
Myofascial Release Technique.
They allow Dr. Hardy to identify and correct the specific problems that are
affecting each individual patient.
Release is not a cookie-cutter approach.
Treatments take about 10-30 minutes for each area being treated.
A condition may require two to ten visits before full functionality is restored.
and/or Manipulation if requested is frequently carried out in conjunction with the Myofascial Release Technique
to increase treatment effectiveness.
Whenever possible we have our patients perform active movements during the
Active motions stimulate neurological pathways in the spinal cord that help to reduce pain during
Motion also help to reproduce the stresses the patient will actually be
under during normal active motion.
Ensuring you get the right
Strength, speed and endurance are expected to improve within the first few
We will often have our patients test these factors after two or three visits.
If no improvement is seen, we know that either we have not found the source of the problem,or the area affected
needs to be strengthened further.
Myofascial Release is non-invasive, very safe, has virtually no side
has a record of producing very good results.
When a soft tissue problem has resolved the symptoms will not return unless the injury happens
To avoid future injuries we instruct our patients in specific exercises,
give postural recommendations and explain to our patients the mechanism of injury so that it may be avoided
in the future.
How does a Myofascial Release treatment feel?
Treatments can feel
uncomfortable during the movement phases as the scar tissue or adhesions "break-up".
This discomfort is
temporary and subsides almost immediately after the treatment.
It is common to feel a duplication of your pain symptoms during the treatment
(a good indication that the problem has been identified).
Patients report that "It hurts good".