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Power of Myofascial Release
photo credits: M. McMorris, of Collin Worford, LMT and Alexandra Harvey, LMT

A Guide to Staying Active and Pain-Free

Staying active and healthy is a top priority for many of us. However, pain and stiffness can sometimes get in the way. Enter Myofascial Release (MFR), a powerful therapy designed to help you stay active and pain-free.

What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a hands-on technique that focuses on relieving tension and restrictions in the fascia. But what exactly is fascia? Fascia is a network of connective tissue that surrounds and supports every muscle, bone, and organ in your body. Think of it as a web of fibers that holds everything together, providing structure and facilitating smooth movement.

When your fascia becomes tight or restricted due to injury, stress, or poor posture, it can lead to pain and limited mobility. MFR works by applying gentle, sustained pressure to these restricted areas, allowing the fascia to release and relax. This process not only alleviates pain but also restores flexibility and function.

Benefits of Myofascial Release

1. Pain Relief

One of the primary benefits of MFR is its ability to relieve chronic pain. Whether you’re dealing with back pain, headaches, or muscle soreness, MFR can help by addressing the root cause of your discomfort – the fascial restrictions.

2. Improved Mobility and Flexibility

Staying active is crucial for your health, but stiffness and tightness can make it difficult. MFR helps improve your range of motion, making everyday activities and exercises easier and more enjoyable.

3. Enhanced Athletic Performance

If you love jogging, yoga, or any other physical activity, MFR can be a game-changer. By keeping your muscles and fascia in optimal condition, you can move more efficiently and reduce the risk of injury.

4. Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Life can be stressful, and that tension often shows up in your body. MFR promotes deep relaxation, helping to calm your mind and body, making you better equipped to handle daily stress.

Conditions Treated by Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is versatile and effective for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and back pain
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Sports injuries
  • Postural issues

Why Choose the John Barnes Approach?

The John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach is renowned for its gentle yet effective techniques. This method emphasizes a holistic, patient-centered approach, focusing on your individual needs and healing journey. It’s not just about treating symptoms but addressing the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction.

Conclusion

Myofascial Release is a natural, effective way to manage pain, improve mobility, and enhance your overall well-being. If you’re looking to stay active and healthy, MFR might be just what you need. Ready to experience the benefits for yourself? Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a pain-free, active lifestyle.

Collin Worford, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Family Tree Acupuncture & Wellness
720.507.1705

Has anyone ever told you they tried acupuncture once and it didn’t work?

Well, that’s because just one acupuncture treatment may make you feel better for a day or two, but as magical as acupuncture can be, a series of treatments is needed to achieve deep and lasting results.

How many treatments you’ll need depends on a few things, including what issue we’re treating, how long you’ve had it, your overall health, and how severe the issue is. Long-standing chronic issues, or very severe problems, will likely require a longer series of treatments, while something like a mild ankle sprain will respond well in just 2-3 treatments.  

Acupuncture and massage therapy are dose-dependent.

Cumulative treatments are usually needed, just like when you see a chiropractor or physical therapist. You’ll get some relief from your first treatment, but a series of treatments make lasting changes by retraining the nervous system and muscle memory, calming inflammation, improving circulation, strengthening the immune system, and regulating hormones.

In general with acupuncture, we recommend weekly treatment for the first 4-6 visits, then taper to every other week, then monthly if needed. You should feel better after each treatment, however, it takes multiple visits close together to create lasting change. Herbal medicine may also be recommended, and can greatly enhance and speed up treatment since it is taken daily.

Here are some examples of commonly treated problems that usually follow this treatment plan

(If your symptoms are especially severe, you may need more weekly treatment, or 2+ visits the first week or two for best results):

Migraines

Weekly acupuncture for 4-6 weeks, then every other week for 1-2 months, then as needed as migraines subside. Herbs may be prescribed. Craniosacral therapy and neck massage may also be recommended

Painful and/or irregular periods

Weekly acupuncture for 4 weeks, then every other week for two more months, as near as possible to ovulation and period. Herbs are highly recommended for best results. Visceral manipulation for painful periods may be recommended.

Long-Covid

Weekly acupuncture 4+ weeks then tapering as above. This depends entirely on the severity of symptoms and the systems affected. Mild symptoms may resolve in a month, severe symptoms can take months to clear. Herbal medicine is highly recommended in most cases.

Insomnia

Weekly 4-6 visits, then tapering as above. Herbal medicine is highly recommended.

Anxiety

Weekly 4-6 weeks, then tapering as above. Herbal medicine is very helpful and works daily. Those with chronic anxiety do best with monthly maintenance sessions once symptoms are managed. Craniosacral therapy may be recommended, as well.

For massage, you may just need a session or two to relieve your sore muscles or occasional massages for self-care.

Several weekly treatments are recommended for chronic conditions that are causing you ongoing problems. Problems like chronic neck or back pain, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other chronic musculoskeletal pain respond best to consistent work during the first few weeks, as your massage therapist releases tension and adhesions in the tissue and surrounding areas that may be contributing to your pain patterns.

Of course, many people get a regular monthly massage and/or acupuncture for health maintenance, too.

We highly recommend monthly maintenance sessions as a wonderful and feel-good part of your healthy lifestyle! Monthly maintenance sessions are a great way to manage stress, calm anxiety, improve circulation, manage chronic health issues, and keep your immune system strong.

We are also here if you need us for those flare-ups, new issues and to help manage stress and anxiety.

As always, let us know if you have questions about treatment, including what we can treat. We’re happy to help!

Book an appointment for acupuncture or massage, or a 15-minute free initial consult at https://acusimple.com/access/7870/#/appointments/1016/

Dr. Jennie Luther, DACM, L.Ac
Acupuncturist Centennial
Family Tree Acupuncture & Wellness
720.507.1705

I often get asked what exactly it is that I do in my treatment sessions. Most people say it’s unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. It’s relaxing and calming, occasionally intense, and it gets results. Deep, lasting, sometimes profound results.

I’m an acupuncturist and herbalist, and I am also a bodyworker.

I started out as a massage therapist (about 20 years ago). Every time I started to get competent at what I had been learning, I realized there was another layer. This led me to study Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Structural Integration techniques, Reiki, Visceral and Neural Manipulation. And still, there were more layers. Things I couldn’t reach with bodywork alone.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, and several other modalities like cupping, was the healing tradition that filled in the holes. TCM strengthens the body quickly and efficiently, while removing blockages. Now, I combine both worlds in my treatments.

These days, I don’t do much “massage,” in the sense of what you’d expect at a spa. The bodywork I do is very specific and focused on specific structures, even organs and the nervous system. At the Barral Institute, where I study Visceral and Neural Manipulation, they say that the more specific you can get with your work, the less you need. With these modalities, I can get that specificity on a structural level, and at the same time with acupuncture and herbal medicine, I can hone in on the body’s other imbalances.

The combination is powerful.

Depending on what brings you in, along with your history, I’ll let you know what the best combination will be for you after we’ve done our initial intake. For some patients, acupuncture and herbs are the best route. For others, adding bodywork will make a profound difference. You can also let me know your preference.

Some good examples of when a combination of acupuncture and bodywork are the most powerful are when there have been injuries or surgeries, even years past, or when a patient comes in with chronic headaches.

In one case, a patient came in with chronic low back and sciatic pain, along with fatigue and irritability. She has 2 small kids, and had a C-section a few years ago. The pain started a few months later. She was depleted from pregnancy and motherhood, which we treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. The low back and sciatic pain, however, was directly related to scar tissue from the C-Section. We used a combination of Visceral and Neural Manipulation, along with myofascial release, to correct the structural imbalance. After about 10 treatments, she was pain-free and felt like herself again.

In another case, a patient came in with chronic, debilitating migraines for over 20 years. Nothing had helped, and he had nearly given up. We used acupuncture and herbs to treat the underlying excess stress issues which made hime prone to headaches. Craniosacral therapy and Neural Manipulation released restrictions in his head and neck caused by a major accident years before. His headaches reduced by 80 in 5 visits.

Every case and person is unique, as is their treatment. By combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, and these advanced bodywork techniques, we can address many aspects at once. We delve into the root of the issue and help you feel better, fast.