Myofascial Release Therapy Philadelphia

What is myofascial release therapy and how does it work?

Manual Therapy by Emmanuelle

The gentle touch of Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) aims to lengthen the shortened myofascial tracks within the musculoskeletal structure, thus releasing joints and allowing for better flexibility in the entire musculoskeletal structure. When our posture is misaligned, other structures such as nerves, arteries, or even organs cannot perform their tasks correctly due to restricted space within the body for them to move freely and function. Once space is re-established throughout the body, these structures can move freely, and as a consequence, the pain signal stops firing.

Should the restrictions come from a deeper plane within the body, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation are more suitable and is recommended for better results.

What to Expect From a Session

How long will it take to see improvement?

Since every client is unique, every session will be different. It is not uncommon for some clients to acknowledge the improvement in just two visits, while others, although rare, may need months of therapy before seeing improvements. Usually, some improvement is seen within 4-6 visits. Improvement rates also depend on the severity of your condition and how long you have been suffering. The longer you’ve had your problem and the more severe it is will increase the time needed for treatment before you see improvements.

How often do I need to come for treatment?

Usually, once a week is a good frequency. However, you can benefit from less often. In cases of acute pain or injury, it might be useful to come twice a week until pain or symptoms are more manageable. Emmanuelle will work with you to determine the best frequency for you.

Do any of these therapies hurt?

All therapies used by Emmanuelle are gentle. While Emmanuelle will be in contact with your body and manipulating the soft tissues where restrictions are located, at no time will any of these techniques hurt you. On the contrary. Each technique performed by Emmanuelle is meant to be gentle enough so as not to create pain yet it will have a profound effect on your healing.No pain no gain does not apply here for a successful outcome.

I didn't feel much during my session. Why not?

Experiences vary from individual to individual and from session to session. Because of the gentle touch approach, you may not feel much. This does not mean that the changes aren’t profound. Oftentimes, after a few days of processing, you will start to feel a difference in your pain level or symptoms.

How should I prepare?

You will need to wear (or bring) light, loose clothing as you will remain dressed for the entire session. Do not bring a thick or tight sport bra or jeans as they are too thick for a proper feel of the tissues mobilized. Other than making sure you are dressed accordingly, nothing is required from you prior to your sessions. You will be given an intake form during your first visit to complete and review with Emmanuelle as part of your initial assessment.

How long does a session last?

Each session will last between 40 and 60 minutes depending on how much the body will be able to handle.

Why does the session time vary?

We always work with the body’s own pace. This gentle therapy works best when we listen to the body’s needs vs. pushing our own agendas. We want to create a partnership with the body. It is best done by listening to what it needs.