The Somatic Connection  |   October 2015
2b or not 2b: The State of the Evidence for Myofascial Release
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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2015
2b or not 2b: The State of the Evidence for Myofascial Release
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2015, Vol. 115, 626. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.125
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2015, Vol. 115, 626. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.125
Ajimsha MS, Al-Mudahka NR, Al-Madzhar JA. Effectiveness of myofascial release: systematic review of randomized controlled trials [published online June 13, 2014]. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2015:19(1):102-112. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2014.06.001. 
Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, first described myofascial release (MFR) in his teachings and writings at the turn of the 19th century. This manual manipulative treatment was further defined and popularized at colleges of osteopathic medicine and in postgraduate courses by Robert C. Ward, DO, and Anthony G. Chila, DO, in the 1970s through the turn of the 21st century. Physical therapists adapted MFR approaches in the 1980s and conducted a series of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to determine its effectiveness. 
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