About Our Treatment Center
Hands on Physical Therapy of Babylon and Massapequa are conveniently located in Nassau County and Suffolk County of Long Island.
We specialize in the treatment of chronic pain conditions including low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and TMJ. We primarily use a technique known as myofascial release (MFR). MFR has been effective for many conditions, even after traditional physical therapy, medication, or surgery have failed to produce the desired results.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
MFR is a safe, and highly effective technique for eliminating pain, restoring range of motion, and improving quality of life, even when all else has failed. It is now being found that fascial restrictions are the underlying cause of much of the symptoms that people suffer with. The current medical tests such as MRI's and X-Rays do not show fascial restrictions, but what they do show are the results of the fascial restrictions (ie. disc bulges, spinal stenosis, arthritis, etc., etc.). It is simply not enough to just treat symptoms, or the effect of the fascial restrictions. Only MFR addresses the true cause of the problem. Pain medication, although necessary at times, does nothing to release the "straight jacket" of pressure that fascial restrictions can exert upon pain sensitive structures such as nerves.
A skilled Myofascial Release therapist applies gentle, but firm, sustained pressure into areas of the body that have become restricted. It has been found that holding the appropriate amount of pressure for some time allows the tight and restricted muscles and fascia to soften and lengthen. This allows pressure to be taken off of nerves, joints to open, and for the body to return to proper alignment.
MFR is very different from massage. Although massage does have some value, it is also very limited because it does not engage the barrier of the restriction for the required amount of time for the tissue to get a complete release. It is only with sustained pressure into a fascial restriction, that the tissue undergoes permanent change.