Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release

by Ruth Duncan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781450444576
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 04/27/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 971,826
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ruth Duncan, SST, ISRM, SMTO, is an advanced myofascial release therapist, proprietor, instructor, guest lecturer, speaker, national committee member and writer with extensive training in a variety of approaches. She completed her advanced postgraduate training in 2004 with John F. Barnes (the world’s leading authority on myofascial release) and has assisted with his seminars in the United States.

Duncan also has explored other direct and nondirect fascial approaches, including Thomas Myers’ anatomy trains and myofascial meridians, Erik Dalton’s myoskeletal alignment techniques and Jean-Pierre Barral’s visceral manipulation. She has studied with experts on myriad topics to learn more about human anatomy, function and dysfunction and the emotional aspects of chronic pain and healing.

Duncan graduated with honours as a clinical massage therapist from the Humanities Centre School of Massage (now the Cortiva Institute in Florida, USA) and has a diploma in sports therapy from the Society of Sports Therapists (Sports Rehab and Education) and a diploma in sports and remedial massage from the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage. She runs her own clinicm The Natural Therapy Centre north of Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in the MFR approach in single sessions and intensive treatments.

Table of Contents

Part I. Getting Started With Myofascial Release

Chapter 1. Introduction to Myofascial Release

Elements of Fascia

Conditions That Affect Fascia

Myofascial Release Concepts

MFR Versus Other Massage Modalities

Benefits of MFR

MFR Treatment Sessions

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 2. Initial Assessment

Client Consultation

Medical History

Physical Assessment

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 3. Preparation and Communication

Contraindications

Equipment and Room Preparation

Correct Body Mechanics

Mental Preparation

Therapist and Client Communication

Effects of and Responses to MFR

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Part II. MFR Applications

Chapter 4. Palpatory and Physical Assessments

Palpatory Assessment

Tissue Mobility, Motility and Glide

Traction and Compression

Skin Rolling

Rebounding

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 5. MFR Technique Approaches

How to Apply Every MFR Technique

Cross-Hand Releases

Longitudinal Plane Releases

Compression Releases

Transverse Plane Releases

Myofascial Unwinding and Myofascial Rebounding

Combining Techniques

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Part III. Applying MFR Techniques

Chapter 6. Cross-Hand Releases

Leg Techniques

Arm Techniques

Torso Techniques

Head and Neck Techniques

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 7. Longitudinal Plane Releases

Supine Pulls

Prone Pulls

Bilateral Pulls

Oppositional and Side-Lying Pulls

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 8. Compression Releases

Soft Tissue Compression Techniques

Joint Compression Techniques

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 9. Transverse Plane Releases

Pelvic Floor Technique

Respiratory Diaphragm Technique

Thoracic Inlet Techniques

Transverse Plane Technique at Joints

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 10. Myofascial Unwinding

Fascial Responses to Injury

The Unwinding Process

What Does Myofascial Unwinding Feel Like to the Client?

What Does Myofascial Unwinding Feel Like to the Therapist?

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 11. Myofascial Rebounding

The Rebounding Process

Rebounding as a Tool to Enhance Techniques

What Does Myofascial Rebounding Feel Like to the Client?

What Does Myofascial Rebounding Feel Like to the Therapist?

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Part IV. MFR Programmes and Management

Chapter 12. Combined Techniques and Taking MFR Further

Myofascial Position of Ease Techniques

Combining Techniques

Direct Scar Tissue Release Techniques

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

Chapter 13. MFR Treatment Approaches

Individual Treatment Approaches

Intensive Treatment Approaches

Multi-Therapist Treatment Approaches

Home Programmes

Closing Remarks

Quick Questions

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“…highly recommend this for any manual therapist interested in adding myofascial release to their current treatments.”

--Doody’s Book Review

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A professional development guide for new hands-on therapists as well as a reference for experienced hands-on therapists. Also a reference for personal trainers working with older adults, athletic trainers, physiotherapists, sport massage therapists, and practitioners of complementary therapies.

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