Release Your Pain and Tightness with Myofascial Stretching

Myofascial Stretching is a unique self-treatment technique that follows the principles of Myofascial Release (MFR) as developed and taught by John F. Barnes, PT.  I teach this method of self-treatment and recommend the following book to all of my patients. Myofascial stretching results in permanent lengthening of the body’s connective tissue and can dramatically improve health and quality of life. The techniques employ sustained pressure using a small inflated ball and active elongation into restrictions in the fascia.

If you have used a foam roller for self myofascial release and to massage, stretch and release your muscles, you will find that this is a natural progression and a very complimentary form of self-treatment.  Using an inflatable ball can get into some of the more specific areas and will allow you to work on some of the areas of your body for which the foam roller is too hard or provides too much pressure.

The Myofascial Stretching book was written by two of my colleagues and is written for both the lay person who has chronic pain, muscular tightness and/or postural dysfunction and for clinicians to provide to their patients for home exercise programs. It will benefit anyone with pain or tightness. This type of home based self-treatment can also eliminate many of those aches and pains that you were told are part of the “normal” aging process and you just need to live with. Maybe you don’t!

I recommend working through the book, start to finish, and trying something new each day. Then you can go back and repeat the techniques/stretches that made the biggest difference or change in your body and the way you feel. Another option is to start with techniques for areas of your body where you currently feel tight, tender, or stuck. However, you should be sure to work all areas of your body as the fascia permeates your whole structure, and a release in your feet can affect your neck.

Click Here to Purchase the Myofascial Stretching Book.

Please let me know if you have any questions or you are interested in learning how to treat your own body with Myofascial Release.

Have a great day!

Dr. LeBauer

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active and healthy without medications, injections or surgery since 1999. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer helps weekend warriors, high level athletes, desk jockeys, students, children and anyone with pain, stiffness return to the activities the love without expensive imaging, pain medications, injections or surgery. He specializes in treating people with chronic conditions, pain and injuries which have not responded to traditional treatments and therapies with the goal of helping patients have less pain, move better and feel wonderful in their bodies. Dr. LeBauer also helps other physical therapists start and grow successful cash-based physical therapy practices. He has developed an online training course that describes in detail how to start a small private practice, along with his marketing secrets and strategy. He is currently available for recorded telephone and video coaching sessions, email support, on-site visits and speaking engagements. Contact him for more information, rates and services.. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur throughout the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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