Myofascial Release Treatments and Services

Heather Bryan, PTA, LMT

Heather Sabin Bryan, PTA, LMT, Owner, Lead Therapist
PTA 15701 ~ MA 79159 ~ MM 35592 ~ OMT

Dedicated to providing and delivering results that “heal, energize, align, restore, and transform” your body, mind, and spirit. Resolute in helping you achieve healing and wholeness, and empowering YOU to reclaim your life so you can live as joyfully as possible! Always striving to learn the latest and most up to date techniques and trainings to bring you the best of what this work has to offer.

Myofascial Release and Wellness of Tampa Bay provides an alternative to traditional therapy that offers authentic, lasting results. We reduce pain and dysfunction in the body and assist you in returning to an active, pain-free lifestyle so you can enjoy all that life has to offer!

With over 27 years of physical therapy and myofascial release experience, I have the skills to assist you in undoing the causes of the pain, restrictions, immobility, or dysfunctions that are limiting your ability to live life. Myofascial Release (MFR) will reprogram your fascial system so you feel completely new and improved.

An injured human body is like driving an unaligned car. Replacing the tires may help mask the problem, but the only way to truly fix it is to rebalance everything. The human body will divert to the easiest patterns if not guided to make new pathways, so creating new, healthy neural pathways is vitally important. The body’s muscles and nervous system need to learn how to perform movements and activities in a better, safer, and more productive way in order to prevent the symptoms from returning. Together, you and I will find the most beneficial methods for your self-care programs. Everyone is unique, and I ensure that your treatment and self-care program are personally tailored to suit you and your needs.

Now adding the Myofunctional Training Aspect to the practice is a game changer. More common than not, Tethered Oral Structures need addressed and the myofascial/muscular tissues of the mouth need retraining for pre and post intervention.

Initial Evaluation & Treatment ~ 90 minutes

The Initial Evaluation includes a detailed health history and a postural analysis both while standing and laying down to observe the effects of gravity on your fascial system. Then, full length hands-on treatment is provided. At the end of the session, we develop a self-care program exclusively for you and your needs, and I personally answer any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Follow-up Treatment Sessions

I offer follow-up treatment sessions in  60 minute, 75-minute, 90-minute, 2-hour, half-day, and full-day increments. Please enquire about which length of time best suits your needs and level of care. Each follow-up session will include review, revision, and/or additions to your current self-care program.

Treatment Packages

Treatment packages are available. Please contact me for more information.

*Please note that all packages require payment in full prior to the third follow-up appointment. Please note that all credit card/debit card transactions for individual treatments will be charged a $5.00 processing fee and packages a $25.00 fee.

Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional therapy is a program used to correct the improper function of the tongue and facial muscles.  It involves strengthening of the tongue and orofacial muscles by teaching individuals how to engage the muscles to the appropriate position.

Individuals with predominant mouth breathing (or insufficient habitual nasal breathing) often develop maladaptive habits and patterns of orofacial function that may impact various conditions including:​​

  • Facial skeletal growth (maxillofacial development)

  • Sleep-disordered breathing (including snoring and sleep apnea)

  • Nasal obstruction

  • Oral hygiene and dental problems

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

  • Neck and shoulder tension

  • Speech problems

  • Facial esthetics

  • And more….

Proper diagnosis allows for targeted and effective physical therapy exercises for oral posture retraining to promote better health with goals to improve breathing, reduce pain, and enhance quality of life. Please refer to Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for a more detailed explanation on the impact of maladapative orofacial posturing on maxillofacial growth and development: 

THIS SERVICE CAN BE IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH

Myofascial Release Yoga & Wall Yoga

A unique and specialized form of yoga. Incorporates hands-on assistance throughout the class. 1:1 private instruction using a combination of Restorative, Yin, Flow, Therapeutic Fascial Yoga along with Wall Yoga, which incorporates hands on Myofascial Release throughout.
Great for humans and pets

Red Light Therapy

Light is essential for our health and cellular function, just like water, sleep, and the nutrients from food. The human body is designed to function with an abundance of natural sunlight, but with our modern lifestyles, most people don’t get nearly enough light every day. The average American spends over 90% of their time indoors. [1] That’s not nearly enough natural light for optimal health and balance! Worse yet, much of the time we spend indoors is filled with bright blue light from screens and overhead lighting, which can have a negative effect on sleep and circadian rhythms.

Bottom line: everyone needs healthy light, but most people don’t get enough. Instead, they get way too much blue light, resulting in worse sleep and overall health.

Myofascial Release for Women's and Men's Health

Pelvic Health

Myofascial Release for Women’s Health Self Care is a practical guide to women’s pelvic and breast self treatment. This guide uses principles and techniques from the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach®