About Myofascial Therapy

What is Fascia? Traditionally fascia was thought to be only limited to certain dissectible bits of tissue (thoracolumbar fascia, plantar fascia, fasicular profudus, pannicular fascia, etc…).

Increasingly in scientific and research circles and professionals worldwide, ‘fascia’ has a wider definition: all the collagenous-based soft-tissues in the body, including the cells that create and maintain that network of extra-cellular matrix (ECM).

Why is this important?

Muscle, tendon, and the viscera (organ systems) all are encased and intertwined in this tissue according to the new definition and create a concept known as Tensegrity. This actually isn’t a new concept as it is widely known that muscle contains epimysium, endomysium and perimysium. These are connective tissues which provide intramuscular structural support and anchor points to the muscle via tendon on bone.

Because of this, trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures can create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) (insert Myofascialrelease.com/fascial link).

How is it treated?

Among the list of treatments for Myofascial Dysfunction include other treatments we also perform (dry needling, scraping, and strength training) but one of the most effective is manual myofascial release.

This is where we manually provide hands on treatment to release fascial structures which are tight based on the assessment conducted by providing gentle sustained local pressure which allows the viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate and glide as designed.

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    I came in because I’d let a shoulder injury sit for months. I was embarrassed that I’d waited so long and a little afraid that I’d done permanent damage. From the first appointment, Dustin made me feel comfortable through the evaluation and explanation of next steps. He gave me realistic hope and to work we went. Not only did we do in-office sessions, he gave me work to do at home and checked up on me in between appointments. He made me feel at ease and got me back in fighting shape. If there is a next time I won’t wait to call 😏

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    After a recent shoulder injury working out, I needed help. ExecutivePT was available and after what was a very thorough evaluation we started therapy the same day. Not only was their diagnosis spot on, they educated me thru my journey so I was in tune with the impact of therapy while in session as well as my “at home” therapy. My recovery has been fantastic and I am back on my workout regimen.
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    I’ve been training with Dr. Dustin Howard at Executive PT for a year. I have a history of autoimmune disease; so when searching for a health and fitness professional I always look for someone who has an extensive knowledge of human anatomy. And Dr. Dustin is exactly that person and so much more!! From the start of our first session together, he has been thorough and intentional about everything. He listens to his clients and creates individualized workout and/or rehab programs. I have worked with a lot of other fitness professionals who helped me achieve my goals, but I never created any lasting change. I would always fall back into old habits. But it’s different working with Dr. Dustin! He has taught me so much about my body. I am stronger and move better than I ever have. And I know the changes I have seen in my body and the healthier lifestyle I’ve created is sustainable. Forever grateful for Dr. Dustin! He is the best!

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    I initially came to see Dustin about a lower back problem which he quickly resolved. His knowledge of the human anatomy and how it relates to muscle and connective tissue is second to none. That along with is white glove high touch approach has kept me working with him for the last year. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for physical therapy rehab along with personal training!!

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