I began my Myofascial Release training extensively with John F. Barnes in 2009. I have been applying MFR to horses since early 2016, and in January 2017 had the opportunity to treat rescued elephants and sloth bears with severe life long trauma and physical injuries in Agra, India at WildlifeSOS. I absolutely fell in love with treating animals and applying the gentle MFR principles and techniques to help horses and other animals release pain, tightness, trauma, and restricted movement patterns from their fascial system. I trained with Tamara Thomas, PT and instructor of Equine Myofascial Release taking Equine 1 twice and Equine 2.
Fascia is a three dimensional web that surrounds every bone, muscle, nerve, organ, and vessel down to the cellular level from head to hoof. It is comprised of elastin, collagen and a fluid ground substance. Restrictions can develop in fascia from trauma, poor posture and repetitive training. These restrictions can create pain, swelling, misalignments, poor muscular biomechanics, decreased range of motion, decreased strength and lameness. Fascia looses it’s pliability, collagen becomes dense and fibrous and the ground substance can solidify. Standard tests will not show a fascial restriction and often go misdiagnosed. Treating the fascia can offer longer term to permanent results.
Myofascial Release is a hands on, whole body manual therapy technique addressing the fascial system. MFR is used to elongate the fascial tissue with a 90-120 second gentle pressure into the restriction or tissue barrier. After releasing through several barriers the tissue will become soft and pliable. The pressure will be taken off pain sensitive areas and motion restored.
Myofascial Release differs from massage and chiropractic manipulation. Myofascial release applies sustained pressure into the fascial system and has effects on the elastin, collagen and ground substance. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignment are addressed and osseous releases are performed slowly without manipulation.
I am a licensed massage therapist, and expert myofascial release therapist. I am a life time animal lover and outdoorsman. If you are interested in tapping into the power of MFR to help your horse or pet and are open to a gentle and safe manual hands-on therapy, please contact me at 802-318-5891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.