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Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial Release and Stretches explained and demonstrated by Jocelyn during the September 2012 Open House

Check out OHSunshineTherapy on You-Tube for stretches that you can do at home! More is always being added.

Don't miss these highly usefull MFR instructional books and DVDs including "The Inner Guide to Stretching:Advanced Healing Using Myofascial Release".

Now introducing Canine Myofascial Release

We have also begun venturing into canine myofascial release. Check out Maddie on our you-tube page to see this amazing Newfoundland recover from bilateral patella displacement surgery. When she was 6 months old, Maddie underwent multiple surgeries to bring her patellas back into alignment! We've used myofascial release, neuromuscular re-education, and a lot of creativity to get her using her hind legs again. It's been a joy to watch her learn how to use her hind legs.

Maddie on January 22, 2013 at the start of her therapy.

Maddie on June 20, 2013 going up hill as part of therapy.

For more videos and information on Maddie, check out SCNC-New Foundland Rescue in Dayton, OH.

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release (MFR)is a corrective technique that addresses the whole body to promote healing. It is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into fascial restrictions allowing the body time to adjust to the change. MFR is a hands-on communication with the body to gently and naturally release the fascial restrictions via changing the tissue memory. Myofascial release is comprised of three interwoven techniques including deep tissue release, rebounding and unwinding.

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What is Fascia?

The fascial system is the superglue of your body located in every cell, organ, bone, nerve, and muscle. Your skeletal system provides shape to your body while your muscles keep the bones aligned, but it is your fascial system that binds the body together. It is a three dimensional web throughout our body connecting us from head to toe supporting, stabilizing, and cushioning our organs.

Check out Strolling Under the Skin for a visual of the fascial tissue

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What are Fascial Restrictions?

Through physical and psychological trauma, repetitive motions of everyday activities, and the strengthening of compensatory muscles, fascia becomes thickened and shortened loosing its fluidity and elasticity creating fascial restrictions. This is a protective response to keep the body safe from harm, but prolonged guarding alters the body's natural alignment causing pain and dysfunction. Fascial restrictions have the capability of placing 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on a restricted area. Thus, it cannot be forced to change, but requires at least 2-5 minutes to alter the memory and begin to elongate. As the saying goes, old habits are hard to break, so is the fascial tissue memory. Therefore, the stretches and releases are given ample time to adapt to the change without recoiling to their original state. MFR for athletes and horseback riders evokes a permanent improvement in an athlete's performance and rider's efficiency to communicate with their horse through their body language.

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What is a deep tissue release, rebounding and unwinding?

During a deep tissue release, you will be placed in positions that will allow your body to assist with the releases as the therapist calmly provides just enough pressure to soften and stretch the are being addressed. This prevents the body from perceiving an attack and increasing the tension. A treatment may also incorporate the use of a gentle rocking motion referred to as rebounding. This movement instills a temporary state of confusion in which the body lets go of its holding patterns. MFR is most unique in the facilitation of a natural form of stretching know as unwinding. Unwinding allows the body to freely move into positions which untangle the three dimensional fascial restrictions as the therapist provides support to decrease the effects of gravity and keep you safe.

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What should I expect during a treatment?

A MFR treatment differs from a standard massage as you play an active role in allowing you body to release the physical and psychological fascial restrictions. Your first treatment will begin with a thorough review of your medical history, present symptoms, and body mechanics/ ergonomic recommendations. Then your MFR therapist will guide you through an evaluation of your body's alignment educating you to see and feel how your fascial system is compromised. This will be important in completing your self-treatment program at home and enhancing your inner awareness. The information is gathered to create the optimal plan of care for fast, long lasting results.

Once the initial evaluation process is completed, you will receive over an hour of hands on treatment comprised of deep tissue release, rebounding and unwinding. Guided meditation may also be utilized during your treatment if deemed necessary. Treatments can range from 1-3 hours.

Your treatment will end with a custom designed self-treatment program incorporating gentle, prolonged stretches to maintain a neutral pelvis and spine. These stretches and techniques become a way of life much like exercising and eating. Adding quiet stretching time to gather your thoughts and give your body the escape it needs from everyday fascial restrictions is the link to achieving optimal health.

Jocelyn has created "The Inner Guide to Stretching: Advanced Healing using Myofascial Release" as an instructional tool for MFR therapists and recipients to deepend their self treatment program. This can be purchased through the Go Shopping link. Here's what clients are saying about this DVD: Chock full of user friendly information, easy to see, understand and perform. I love the ease at which Jocelyn moves through the variations of one stretch with multiple people and tools.The MyoFascial principles she shares throughout the videos are thought provoking and inspiring. The booklet is a great bonus. As a therapist I'm feeling even more confident about my own self treatment and look forward to integrating this into my clients treatment plans. The big bonus here, is that I can include *on the spot* DVD visuals. Great job!!

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How should I prepare for my treatment?

It is recommended that you wear a comfortable pair of shorts and a sports bra for women or your undergarments. Please do not apply lotion to your body the day of the treatment as this will alter the ability to sink deep into the fascial system. It is recommended that you drink plenty of fluids and eat lightly the day of the treatment as the lymphatic and vascular system are positively affected by a myofascial release treatment. Also, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol and heavy exercise the day of your treatment.

Please print and complete these two forms and bring them with you for your first treatment

Initial Evaluation Form

Concent to Treat Form

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Will my insurance cover the treatments?

Payment:

Initial evaluation and treatment (2 hours) $180 + tax

1 hour myofascial release treatment $90 + tax

2 hour myofascial release treatment $180 + tax

1 hour horse myofascial release treatment $100

Travel to your home $.50 per mile roundtrip

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