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Myofascial Release Physical Therapy to Address Pain

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Could myofascial release treatment (MFR) be the answer to your chronic pain?
Air Date: 3/6/18
Duration: 28:56
Host: Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Sepi Aeen
Sepi-AeenSepi Aeen is a graduate of California State University Northridge (CSUN). She holds two Bachelor degrees in Health Education and Physical Therapy and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is licensed in the State of California since 1997.

Sepi has worked in the field of Physical therapy since 1989. She has practiced in several outpatient, orthopedic and hospital settings. She opened her own private outpatient practice in September 1999 in order to provide her patients with the high quality, individualized treatment that they deserve. It didn't take long for Sepi to realize there was limited improvement with her patients using conventional physical therapy. She attended many continuing education courses and seminars in order to improve her ability to help her patients. It wasn't until she discovered John Barnes' Myofascial Release (MFR) Approach® in 2001 that she found her passion and purpose in life. Since then she has completed over 1,000 hours of MFR seminars nationwide, and as an instructor has assisted in advanced seminars with John F. Barnes and his team. Sepi continues to attend MFR seminars as well as educate her patients and therapists on the benefits of MFR. Physicians affiliated with Cedars Sinai, USC and Providence Tarzana Hospitals have asked Sepi to speak on the benefits of Myofascial Release.

Over the next eight years, she envisioned a peaceful and serene healing center for her patients. After a long search, she found her desired location. The residential space is a shining gem in the midst of a stressful, fast-paced and busy city in Los Angeles.

In March of 2011, twelve years after opening her first practice, Sepi realized her long term dream of opening an MFR healing center. Sepi became the founder and president of From the Heart Physical Therapy, Inc., the only Myofascial Release Treatment Center in Los Angeles County.

From The Heart Physical Therapy is an authentic and positively energized place of healing where everyone is treated with love and respect. Sepi and her team are dedicated to helping each patient return to a balanced and healthy life they deserve.
Myofascial Release Physical Therapy to Address Pain
When we encounter traumatic or dangerous events, we either stay and fight or we run to save our lives as a defense mechanism. Most people are familiar with this fight/flight response.

However, there is a third option called the ‘freeze’ response.

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When we freeze, the emotional and physical components of the traumatic event are stored on a cellular level. During a myofascial release treatment (MFR) it is not uncommon for these emotions, events and memories to come to the surface and be released allowing people to understand why they have certain physical or behavioral patterns in life. This, in turn, allows for closure to the traumatic experience.

MFR focuses on releasing the restrictions within the fascial system, helping with a host of injuries and ailments in children and adults ranging from neck and back pain, arthritis and degenerative disk disease to headaches and migraines, sciatica, scoliosis and sports injuries to name a few.

Fascia, a web of connective tissue that spreads from head to toe, covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, vessel, nerve and cell in the body. Restricted fascia is often a major source of pain.

MFR therapists apply gentle and sustained elongation or compression in the areas of tightness or pain, releasing the fascia and freeing up the spaces in between the joints, muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels. The treatment realigns the body, restores fluidity, elongates elastin and collagen fibers and results in increased flexibility, strength and function.

Listen as Sepi Aeen of From the Heart Physical Therapy joins host Lisa Davis to explain what MFR is and how it can be used for a variety of ails.

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