Direct Release Myofascial Technique

1st Edition

An Illustrated Guide for Practitioners

Print ISBN: 9780443073908
eBook ISBN: 9780702036590
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 9th July 2004
Page Count: 232


Direct Release Myofascial Technique provides a highly illustrated guide to direct release myofascial techniques (MFR) and their application in clinical practice. MFR is a manual therapy method that influences both a body's structural tissues and the sensory/motor systems. Originally developed by Dr Ida Rolf, the creator of the Rolfing® method, the approach has since been adapted and modified by different groups of therapists to fit within their own particular philosophies. This book strips away the surrounding theories and philosophies and focuses on the safe and appropriate use of the techniques themselves. Numerous photographs supplement the detailed, step-by-step coverage of techniques.

Key Features

  • Outlines the principles and practice of a group of bodywork techniques that are particularly effective for the treatment of painful or restricted movement due to muscle stiffness or imbalance
  • Provides guidelines on the most effective and efficient use of the techniques based on movement theory
  • Highly illustrated with detailed photographs and line drawings
  • Presents a hypothetical model to explain why the technique works based on the latest research in the field of neuro-fascial physiology
  • Includes approaches to the use of the techniques with children
  • Written by an experienced practitioner and teacher
  • Draws on the teachings of Ida Rolf but makes them applicable to other groups of therapists

Table of Contents

Section 1 The Basics
1. Developing a hypothetical model
2. How to do it
3. Bodywork
4. The tools of the trade
Section 2 Application of Techniques
1. The lower extremities
2. The pelvis
3. The trunk
4. Intra oral
5. The cervical region
6. The head and face
7. Towards the more effective treatment of headaches
8. The upper extremities


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