Myofascial release: Return to a pain-free life

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a robust manual therapy method designed to address pain and dysfunction by applying gentle, sustained pressure to fascial restrictions. These restrictions can arise from various factors, including trauma, inflammatory responses, or surgical procedures, leading to tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain-sensitive structures.

Despite not being evident in standard tests, these pressures can result in structural malalignments and subsequent pain. MFR effectively targets and eliminates the pressure within the myofascial system, providing relief for common pain manifestations such as back pain, headaches, sciatica, and numbness or tingling in the extremities.

Exclusive to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital inpatients and outpatients, Myofascial Release treatments are conducted directly on the skin, without the use of oils or creams. This approach allows therapists like Amanda Schaefer, a skilled Physical Therapist Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply sustained pressure for effective fascial release.

Amanda, trained in John Barnes MFR techniques, conducts personalized one-on-one therapy sessions. Her hands-on treatments not only integrate Myofascial Release techniques but also empower patients through education on self-treatment, body mechanics, strength and flexibility, and postural awareness. The ultimate goal is a collaborative effort with patients to reduce their pain and facilitate a return to the activities they enjoy.

For those who could benefit from the transformative effects of Myofascial Release, the Snoqualmie Hospital Rehabilitation Department is ready to assist. Contact them at 425-831-2300, ext. 236, and explore additional details on the hospital’s website under Myofascial Release. Embrace the opportunity to experience pain relief and improved well-being through this specialized therapy.