Hands On is a Myofascial Release Treatment Center. This October marks the beginning of our 19th year serving the Austin/Round Rock community. Though we integrate many other manual therapy techniques like soft tissue mobilization, dry needling, massage and spinal mobilization, Myofascial Release is our main treatment technique.
I attribute Hands On’s success to the power of Myofascial Release in eliminating pain and restoring function as well as the incredible advanced level therapists that have been attracted to our practice. What started as a single therapist providing advanced level Myofascial Release within the Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy realm quickly grew due to it’s inherent ability to empower those in pain to not only get out of pain but to also understand the underlying nature of their pain. The expert level therapists that have been attracted to Hands On have worked against the growing trend in health care which was quickly becoming less hands-on oriented and more machine and gym based. The model of practice for quality care that was established in Round Rock and surrounding areas 19 years ago has not changed, even with the decrease in insurance reimbursements and rising costs of providing care. The therapists at Hands On have stayed true to their training providing a higher standard of quality care along with the desire to help their clients understand the etiology of their pain to treat the problem rather then just provide a feel good service. Although Myofascial Release is an amazing technique for eliminating both acute and chronic pain, our practice tends to treat a lot of chronic pain conditions. This is not because Myofascial Release is not as effective with acute pain, but because most other modalities fail to remediate chronic pain. Many of our clients find their way to us as a last resort, finding little relief at clinics using other treatment modalities. Because of the unique nature of connective tissue, our assessments not only include the area of pain, but also areas above and below. Physical Therapists are experts in treating dysfunction of musculoskeletal origin, however, not all Physical Therapists are trained in understanding connective tissue, thus proving to be the missing link in many on-going pain patterns. Combining advanced level Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists with advanced Myofascial Release training has proven to be an unstoppable combination that has far surpassed any Massage Therapy or even Physical Therapy techniques alone.
Myofascial Release targets the most abundant tissue in the body called connective tissue. Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. It serves as the transportation super highway for our body and body processes. Recent studies have shown that a “twisting and tightening” or “kinking” of this most abundant tissue will cause dysfunction all the way down to the cellular level in the disrupted areas.
Our body is a self correcting mechanism with a certain amount of slack built into our design. Symptoms show up and persist when our body is out of balance. Over time, if not corrected, we compensate for that pain, symptom, or imbalance which then tends to “normalize” the dysfunction. By normalize, I don’t mean it becomes corrected. I mean we adapt to the imbalance and function around it. In most cases, this alters the physiology of that body process. As we accumulate these compensatory processes which have taken up the slack in our body, we eventually lose the ability to compensate and symptoms will persist and worsen.
Welcome Pain X. We didn’t see it coming but it had been brewing over time with various injuries or just repeated everyday trauma. In time, acute pain may become chronic affecting our ability to do simple activities of daily living, our relationships and even our livelihood. It’s hard to believe that this is often the time where many people seek help and expect it to disappear with a pill, a massage or just exercise.
Our life styles are very fast paced and we don’t have time for anything extra- especially dealing with chronic pain. This is where the emotional component can come in, if not before. Anger and resentment for the change in our life style and the change in our relationships are very common. Acute pain, or new injuries, can be relatively easy to correct because you are not dealing with the compensatory patterns that have set in.
Myofascial Release is effective because of it’s ability to bring awareness back to areas that have been closed off due to physical or emotional trauma. Mechanically, just releasing fascia can restore mobility and blood flow to our muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, which is important for the healing process. The sense of awareness that accompanies the release and opening of fascia is also important for helping the therapist educate clients regarding the nature of their pain. Since symptoms are generally not where the problem originated, this education process is essential for empowering clients in a “wellness” or prevention mode for achieving long-term success and more whole-body success, rather then chasing pain around the body. Clients are not only instructed in exercises to strengthen weak areas, but also understanding how poor posture, body mechanics and repetitive dysfunctional movement patterns contribute to these pain patterns. We believe that knowledge is power. We want to empower our clients to be able to help themselves rather then lead them to believe that they will always need someone to “fix” them.
We are living in a time where we have amazing technology and resources at the snap of our fingers. We are used to having things quickly. Sadly, we have lost touch with the essential nature of caring for our body. This healthcare crisis may have some positive effects, however. People are now having to take a more active role in their wellness. Conventional medical treatment has shown to be ineffective in treating pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Massage Therapists trained in Myofascial Release have the skill and expertise to directly treat the area of dysfunction and alleviate the pain, not just anesthetize it and wait for it to become a bigger problem somewhere else in the body.
Make a positive choice to your health and wellbeing. If your life style is being limited by pain, go to an expert in pain relief. Hands On has a proven record of success utilizing Myofascial Release as an effective pain relief tool while also restoring proper function and well being to the musculoskeletal and organ systems. The testimonials on our website ( http://www.handson-austin.com/about-us/testimonials/ ) share proven results with diverse issues such as back pain, headaches, pelvic pain and incontinence. Our website also has educational videos and exercise tips as well as answers to frequently asked questions regarding pain patterns. We also provide a monthly newsletter with helpful tips for eliminating pain.
Help us spread the word and shift our common mode of healthcare treatment away from less effective pharmaceutical interventions and unnecessary surgical procedures. Learn how to empower yourself and get to the source of your pain or problem.
Jody Hendryx, PT, LMT