Suzanne Blizzard, occupational therapist, has opened Kokopelli Myofascial Release.

Blizzard uses the John Barnes’ myofascial release approach to treat pain and the underlying causes of pain and movement restrictions that impact activities. It also helps with stress and fatigue, she says.

The office is at 1106 N. Beeline Highway.

Appointments are available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays by calling Blizzard at 928-978-7426 or visit Kokopelli Myofascial Release on Facebook.

Residents may know Blizzard from Rim Country Health’s myofascial release program.

She launched her own private practice to expand the reach of myofascial release throughout the area to adults, teens, children and pets.

Injuries from falls, auto accidents and playing sports are absorbed by the fascia system as a protective measure against trauma, she said. The forces absorbed into this connective tissue system can result in restrictions years later causing pain, poor posture, decreased balance, adhesions and restricted motion. Fascia restrictions also play a part in women’s health and infant/child development.

Myofascial release uses hands-on, gentle, sustained pressure to soften, shift and release the body’s vital fascia.

Blizzard opened her practice last year on a part-time basis, but has now made the leap to full time. She said has plans for group sessions and educational meetings in the future.

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