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Frequently Asked Questions

Myofascial Release (MFR) Questions

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Specific Questions


Myofascial Release (MFR) Questions

How is Myofascial Release different from a traditional massage?

Myofascial Release focuses on the fascia--a network of connective tissue that wraps around everything in the body--rather than the muscles.  By releasing the fascia, the muscles can relax, the bones can better align, blood and lymph can circulate more easily, and nerves can send their message more easily.

Myofascial Release is a hands on technique that uses gentle pressure, tension, and time in order to create a change in the fascial network.  In traditional massage the therapist uses a fair amount of pressure and is constantly moving their hands to manipulate the muscles.  In Myofascial Release the therapist gently sinks in to the tissues, creates some tension, and then waits for 3-5 minutes in one spot while changes take place in the fascial network. Client and therapist will feel subtle yet profound changes!

What do I wear for Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is done in a variety of positions and movement can be involved, so clients are asked to wear exercise shorts and sports bra or swim suit.  Depending on the technique, you may or may not be under the blanket.

What should I expect before & during treatment?

Before the treatment we will discuss what is bothering you and then do a full body assessment.  This will allow me to see, and you to feel, what is out of balance in the body.

During the session, I will use gentle pressure, tension, and time to change the structure of the fascia to improve range of motion, blood flow, reduce pain, and restore balance.  I will ask you for feedback and we will listen to what your body tells us in order to proceed. As in traditional massage, if you experience pain or something becomes uncomfortable, please let me know and I will stop and readjust immediately.

Myofascial Release is deeply relaxing.  I encourage you to let go of all thoughts and just enjoy the present moment of the session.

What should I expect after the treatment?  

After the treatment we will do another assessment to see how things have changed. After treatment you may be extra thirsty.  Be sure to drink plenty of water!  Your body will continue to adjust to the new state of the fascia for up to three days.  Sometimes people go into what is called a healing crisis after treatment. During a healing crisis you may feel tweeks or twinges, problems you hadn't noticed before, off balance, or other things.  This is your body's process of chaos in order to create a new order in the body.  It's like renovating a house--first it gets messy with the demolition, then it is beautiful!  Unlike renovations, the body has a very reliable system for renovating in 3 days or less! 

How long do the effects last?

Myofascial Release has long lasting effects.  I've had many clients that have had permanent relief.  I've had other clients that had an hour or two of relief with traditional massage, but had 5 days of relief with myofascial release and after several sessions, the results were longer lasting.  There may be layers of adhesions that need to be released, so significant results may be immediate or may take several sessions. 

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Specific Questions:


What does Manual Lymph Drainage do for my body?

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) cleanses the body’s tissues by increasing the amount of fluid moved through the lymphatic system. This speeds the removal of toxins and waste from the body and accelerates the healing process.

Can I be treated if I currently have an acute infection?

To ensure your health and the health of the therapist, you should not be treated if you currently have an acute infection. Once the infection has passed or you have been on antibiotics for 24-48 hours, then treatment can begin.

How is this different from regular massage?

Traditional massage works the muscles and soft tissues in the body to stretch and loosen them. Manual Lymph Drainage acts on the tiny lymph vessels found in the skin and subcutaneous tissues.MLDdirectlyreduces inflammation and swelling within the body.

How long does Manual Lymph Drainage therapy treatment last?

Treatment sessions are 45-60 minutes long and generally 10 sessions are recommended to start with. They should ideally take place 2-4 times per week for 2-4 weeks. This will maximize tissue cleaning and speed the healing process. Your therapist will work with you to arrange a schedule that works best for you.

What causes Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is prevalent throughout the world. The major cause in developed countries is the damage done to the lymph system incidental to cancer surgery and/or radiation, or by the malignant disease itself. It is also possible to be born with an insufficient lymphatic system, which causes lymphedema later in life.

How does Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) work?

The Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage uses a 2 directional movement to stretch & pump the lymph vessels in order to maximize fluid intake. This helps move the lymph forward and drain the connective tissues of the excess fluid.

This is a very light technique since most of the initial lymph vessels are at skin level and are only 1-2 cells thick. To maximize effectiveness, each body area requires an exact sequence of precise hand movements applied in a specific series of repetitions in accordance with the body’s natural direction of lymph flow.

How long does lymphedema treatment last for Lymphedema patients?

Lymphedema Treatment is generally divided into 2 phases:

*Intense, Decongestion phase: 1 hour session daily with certified therapist to include: MLD, skin care, compression bandaging, exercise. Typically 10-28 days

*Maintenance, Optimization phase: 1 hour session as required. Skin care, compression bandaging, and exercise done independently. Lifelong maintenance is required.

Will the MLD treatment be painful? I’ve just been through surgery!

While many post-op patients are in extreme pain and can’t bear the thought of someone applying pressure near their wounds, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at Nina’s delicate touch, especially when you see the very noticeable results that are achieved with that gentle touch. You may even find yourself sleeping through the treatment!

Has your surgeon recommended post-operative Manual Lymph Drainage?

If you have yet to have your surgery, be sure to inquire with your plastic surgeon aboutpost-opManualLymphatic Drainage. Ask him or her how many treatments per week are recommended, and how soon following surgery would be the best time to begin. You may ask your plastic surgeon to contact Nina in order to plan a treatment regimen.

What is the typical treatment plan for post-op patients?

Treatment sessions are 30-60 minutes A long and should ideally take place 1-3 times prior to the surgery. This will maximize tissue cleaning and minimize the risk for infection. I recommend 2-4 sessions per week for 1-4 weeks post- surgery to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain and promote scar tissue healing and regeneration. I will work with you to arrange a schedule that works best for you.

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