“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art”
-Leonardo da Vinci
Myofascial Release is a manual therapy technique which utilizes the skilled application of gentle, sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to restore tissue length, elasticity, and hydration so that the body can function normally again. This often leads to an increase in range-of-motion, reduction in pain, and decrease in stiffness/swelling. We believe that true recovery requires hands-on treatment.
The John F. Barnes' Approach to Myofascial Release is a vital component to long-lasting results. Every therapist at Perspective Physical Therapy is trained extensively in advanced manual therapy techniques to ensure quality patient care.
(Photo by Leslie Alvarado)
How much hands-on treatment will my condition require?
The amount of hands-on manual therapy needed for each individual is different due to several factors such as type of injury, amount of time and severity of pain, emotional and/or physical trauma, etc. In general, the sooner a patient gets treated after an injury, the quicker we tend to see improvements. Recent injuries can often be resolved in just a few visits while chronic and more serious injuries tend to take longer. Overall health, age, and lifestyle choices also contribute to how quickly someone recovers. To determine how long it might take for you to overcome your specific injury, schedule an evaluation so we can help you get back to doing the things you love. If you are not ready to schedule an evaluation, please take advantage of our Free Consultation to determine the best way to move forward with your injury.
Should I go to a massage therapist to get “manual therapy” and treat my condition?
While we are huge advocates for massage therapists, and we send many of our patients to get massages regularly, physical therapists are specifically trained to evaluate and treat the musculoskeletal system and injuries. Hands-on techniques, without skilled evaluation, are often ineffective and can even be damaging. Massage therapists are not trained to perform evaluations and are legally unable to do so. At Perspective Physical Therapy you will always receive an in-depth evaluation from a Doctor of Physical Therapy followed by re-assessments at every visit. Our manual therapy techniques are not only directed toward the area where you feel pain, more importantly we use our hands-on approach to resolve underlying causes of your pain and injury. Furthermore, most pain and injuries need exercise-based treatments to facilitate the healing process, which again, massage therapists are not trained or legally allowed to prescribe.
We love massage therapy and see phenomenal massage therapists here in Austin regularly, but when we’re injured we go to professionals who can fully evaluate and treat the injury in its entirety.
Will I be sore following manual therapy?
It is common to feel soreness following treatment. This is nothing to worry about if it happens, and it will usually subside within 48 hours. However if the soreness persists beyond 48 hours, please let us to know so we can adjust accordingly to accommodate your body’s response to our manual techniques.