Last night Jennifer Goyette gave CaSfA members a presentation on “Myofascial Release Therapy”. It was outstanding!
For those of you who do not know Jennifer, she is the Director of Oncology Rehab at South County Physical Therapy. She holds a Master of Physical Therapy, is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and is STAR (Survivor Training and Rehab) Certified. She is an amazing young woman who is totally committed to improving the lives of cancer patients. She will work with you, cry with you, and fight for you!
I've included an outline of the presentation in my newsletter. (You can fill out the form on the Join CaSfA page to receive newsletters.)
Briefly, Jennifer described the fascial system as a "web" of connective tissue that is arranged in sheaths, connecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood and lymph vessels, as well as bone and organs.
Many things may cause problems in the fascia. In cancer patients both radiation and surgery are common causes of damage. This damage can lead to tightness and pain. Damage or restrictions to the fascia can also create a blockage of normal blood and lymph flow, causing swelling.
Myofascial release therapy involves gentle pressure and stretching over areas of restriction. We had a small turnout so there was plenty of time for Jenn to illustrate the techniques she discussed. We all received mini-treatments and left feeling a hundred percent better than when we walked in!!
You can contact Jennifer Goyette at South County Physical Therapy, 30 Oak Street, Westborough, MA 01581; 508-389-9912; www.southcountypt.com