Fascia is the tough, continuous tissue structure that extends three dimensionally like a web from the top of our head down to the feet. With it’s fluid matrix, it constitutes the immediate environment of every organ, system, tendon, nerve, muscle, etc. of the body down to, and possibly beyond, the cellular level. It is responsible for shape, resistance to injury, and protection of all structures we normally consider in the body, and thus it’s importance in our health and the function cannot be understated.
Repetitive stress, trauma, chronic inflammation, surgery and injury as well as habitual posturing, can result in a dehydration of the fluid environment of the fascial system. This may lead to a progressive binding down of tissues that normally glide and support, pulling tightly into regions distant from the initial area of injury, impacting function at many levels.
Myofascial release is the skilled application of gentle, sustained pressure into these restrictions, leading to a release of the three dimensional barriers within the body. This results in restored length, elasticity and mobility of the tissues that can be felt immediately. Balance is promoted within the body beyond the visible structural level, and a removal of the “straight-jacket” feeling that so often limits us as we move through our day to day lives is experienced. As the health of this system is restored, pressure on pain sensitive structures is reduced, range of motion improves, compression around joints lessens, muscles find a new resting length, and an improved transport within the body of energy/information, hormones, toxins, etc. occurs. Space and balance is what the body strives for, especially after injury and damage; this can be re-established, often resulting in lasting changes in even chronic pain and problems.
And you can learn it yourself...for life.
While diagnostic labels are important, listening to the body and physically evaluating the tissue restrictions that present determine the therapy received. We will recommend a treatment frequency at the time of your evaluation, knowing that rapid change is prompted by consistent treatment, especially initially. We address the region(s) of physical symptoms and problems each visit, with each treatment lasting about an hour, integrating physical therapy principles with myofascial release (MFR), as taught by John Barnes PT.
Most traditional PT programs are for 2-3 times/week for several weeks. Since therapy at Hargroder PT is all hands-on for a full hour, this extensive amount is often not necessary to meet your goals, especially since you will learn techniques to assist you at home between visits. - We will discuss this at the time of your evaluation, set up a treatment plan that suits your needs, and communicate this with ongoing reports to your referring practitioner. Ongoing re-evaluations assure that this process is working for you.
PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY
Hargroder Physical Therapy specializes in treatment of the pelvic floor and pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as chronic neurological and orthopedic situations, applying myofascial release techniques both externally and internally, to release adhesions, provide neurological re-education, reduce chronic pelvic tension, restore tissue hydration and mobility, and promote balance to the systemic environment of the structures contained therein. We view and treat the body holistically, recognizing that no part of the body functions in isolation, what we are feeling is vital to our health, and the importance of acknowledging all aspects of the body beyond the physical level if true healing is to occur.
SELF TREATMENT CLASSES
Self treatment is vital for lasting success and change. Our small group classes offer the most cost effective way to restore your mobility! Groups of 3-5 people allow for close attention to your specific problems. Learn how to further develop awareness of your body’s restrictions and apply the foundational principles of MFR to treat your pain using positions and various tools - Regularly scheduled at various times during the week. Recommended for repeating regularly to learn concepts at deeper and more effective levels. For the new and experienced alike!
We provide unique therapy interventions for rehabilitation and pain relief, especially for those seeking help with the following
- Spinal cord injury and other neurological challenges
- Postural and Orthopedic pain and dysfunction
- Fibromyalgia and other inflammatory pain conditions
- Neuropathic pain
- Chronic spasticity/muscle spasms
- Pelvic floor pain and dysfunction, inclusive of:
- Incontinence and/or urinary retention
- post surgical pain
- pelvic adhesions
- chronic pelvic tension
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Prostatic Pain