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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is a highly effective technique developed by John Barnes, an icon in the physical therapy world. The technique emphasizes  gentle prolonged sustained stretching of the fascial system and myofascial elements to release restrictions that may be causing symptoms throughout the body.  Fascia is continuous throughout the human body, so a restriction in one location may cause symptoms elsewhere.  Fascial restrictions do not show up on MRIs or other diagnostic imaging, so the therapist performs a comprehensive evaluation,  starting with posture to determine where fascial restrictions may lie.  

Myofascial Release is used to treat all types of diagnoses ranging from low back pain, neck pain, TMJ, patella-femoral issues, tennis elbow, headaches, to name a few.   It is estimated that the fascial system can create pressures up to 2000 lbs of pressure per square inch, thus causing pain, numbness, tingling, edema, and decreased strength.  Myofascial release is a safe, gentle treatment which consistently produces lasting results. 

Dr. Robert Kotraba, PT, DPT, OCS utilizes Myofascial Release at our Rockefeller Center location.  For more information, please call 646-562-0617.

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