Knee Pain Relief at Release Works Myofascial Therapy, SLC

Knee Pain

"We Help People Slowed Down or Stopped By Knee Pain Reclaim a Body That Feels Good and Moves Well... So They Can Live a Life of Joy"

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You Can Regain Control of Your Life!

We all want knees that feel great and can keep going. Frankly, you probably want to never, ever have to think about them at all! Over time, though, the events of life often feel like they are catching up and your knees start to demand your attention. Sharp pains, dull aches, and of course, stiffness and limited movement all add up to make you wonder if something’s going to give out and leave you unable to get around. Fear, anxiety and frustration set in as you continue to push through while wondering how much longer you will be able to do the things you love, or even keep going at all.

Does this sound too familiar?

You do NOT have to accept that your body is meant to break down or is going to hurt for the rest of your life!

Here is the problem: The current approach to health and wellness has trained us to think that there is a point in life where the body will just break down. We are expected to accept that over time our knees will gradually start to ache, get stiff, and get worse. And when it does, our options quickly become limited to medication to dull pain, surgery to fix torn and worn out parts, or ignoring and pushing through. People rarely talk about where that approach leads. You will still have a body that feels like it is betraying you and you will be trapped in the mentality that you just have to live with it while managing the symptoms as best as possible.

What if there was another option?

No one should have to spend years, months, or even another day of worry and concern about knees that can't be trusted in a body that is breaking down and hurting. You've likely spent too long already trying to figure things out and been let down by the healthcare system. You may feel trapped by the fear, frustration, and lack of control over your life that happens when you are stuck in pain, dependent on medications, and hobbling around, unable to do what you want.

Stop getting jerked around by the ups and downs of trying everything only to be let down again. And don't spend another dime on things that aren't working.

Life is meant to be enjoyable. And for knee pain, there is something better than medication, injections, surgery, and endless stretching and exercises that don't help. Our bodies can and ought to work well. You can stop the madness.

Consider that your body is wiser than you've appreciated

Let us help you reconnect with that wisdom. As you do, you will learn to heal in ways you have not been able to allow until now. And you will start to feel good again.

The Approach You Have to Life and Your Body Matters

Recently, we worked with a man having trouble with his knee. Previous consultations and examinations had left him still unclear as to why his knee hurt every time he went hiking or running. Was it IT Band syndrome, or maybe an impingement of the tissue around the knee, painfully aggravated with too much bending and straightening activity?

Was surgery the only option? Would it help?

Luckily, he wanted another option. We quickly identified that his knee difficulties (both knees were in trouble, one was just hurting more) were being caused by stiff, subtly twisted ankles and lower leg bones sending improper forces up the legs – matched with a tipped, imbalanced pelvis sending stress down the legs. The knees were caught in the middle with the muscles tight and the tissues suffering.

His knee pain soon went away as we addressed those problems and he happily returned to hiking and running as much as he wanted.

Maybe surgery would have addressed the immediate pain spot, but he still would have been left with stiff, twisted legs and an imbalanced pelvis, future problems ready and waiting to take him out of commission.

How About a More Dramatic Story?

Shauna is in her 60’s and retired. Earlier this year she fell and broke her knee cap completely in two. Surgery, 2 screws, a brace for 10 weeks from groin to ankle, and eventually a smaller leg brace later, Shauna was scared. She could barely walk and was in a lot of pain. Stairs were torture and she was sleeping in her recliner because she couldn’t get in or out of bed. Even getting up from the recliner to visit the bathroom took her an hour. Driving was absolutely out of the question, so she couldn’t visit her friends to go walking with them.

When she got to therapy, the Physical Therapist wanted her to force through ranges of movement which of course was so painful that she’d cry every time. He’d tell her to be more aggressive because she had to “break up” the tissue or she’d never recover. I’m sure you can imagine, this did wonders for her mental and emotional state.

She actually stopped doing the exercises he gave her, because they were leading to more spasm and pain. He was focusing on strengthening when her body was still in protective spasm with lots of scar tissue locking down the needed movement.

Shauna had previously worked with us, so hadn’t hesitated to get our help in addition to the doctor prescribed treatment.

Where the physical therapist was telling her to force through movement, we helped her gently reclaim it. She ended up telling him she was working with us, not doing his exercises because they hurt and weren’t helping, and he backed off.

What happened next?

The physical therapist started to be surprised at the progress Shauna was making. She had more ease with stairs and getting up from the couch. She does it now without thinking about it. Her healing took off once she stopped trying to force the tissues and instead gently helped them recover the needed ease of movement.

It wasn’t long before they discharged her from therapy, as good as they expected her to get. But she’s doing even better now. She golfed twice last week, and she’s been to the lake. And, she’s playing again with her grandkids.

In both cases, the approach taken made the difference. Do you want to continue believing that surgery and forcing the tissues are your only options?

Might there be a better way?

The belief you have as to why you hurt determines the solution you attempt

Life isn't a lot of fun when you are stuck with knee pain. You try hard. You follow the recommendations of your doctor, your physical therapist, your nutritionist, your online guru, your next door neighbor, the lady selling essential oils, and the Facebook group you just joined. You have a PhD in "google" and you know there is something better than the mentality and physicality you are trapped in! But you are stuck with some beliefs about what is going on and how to best help it.

Are your knees really going to continue to break down and hurt until you replace them, because that’s “just what they do” ?

Or are your knees and body doing their best and are overwhelmed because they are constantly handling ongoing things that are never resolved?

Could there be a better explanation of knee pain and breakdown that allows for solutions - so that healing, longevity and feeling good are possible?

Like You, We Are Frustrated That Surgery and Braces Are the Most Common Recommendations for Knee Pain, Despite Their Lack of Effectiveness at Resolving the Problem

We understand what it's like to feel tired, worried, in pain, and worn out, hoping for a solution that will help your life go better. We know the frustration of searching and trying and failing, wondering if you are the only one struggling. No one should have to wonder how many times your doctor is going to tell you knee pain is normal at your age, how many activities you are going to have to modify, or when you should just give up.

Stop Pushing Through Life, Pretending to Be Okay

The vast majority of people suffer with some form of un-resolving pain that limits life and their enjoyment of it for a significant length of time. Knee pain is common and one of the worst pains to “get by with”. The knees are easy to overlook, until they don’t work, that is. Many people suffering the crippling effects of knee pain wonder if they will ever feel 'normal' again.

If you believe there is better than you have been told you can expect, keep reading.

You can get back your confidence and trust in your knees (and body) and actually feel good as you carry on an enjoyable life. You can live life in a way that does not wear you out and beat you up.

We Provide Simple Answers and Expert Help So You Can Enjoy a Body That Feels Great and Works Really Well

  • Consider that your body all works together. What you have experienced and been through in your life leads to a build up of stuck stuff in the body. It isn't just your knees that are breaking down.
  • Tissues in the body that are stiff or glued and not moving properly cause problems. Most of us have more things stuck than we know or want to admit. Again, your knees hurt. But what else is not moving like it should?
  • If the way you have been trying and doing things isn't working, it's time for a different approach. Doing the same things in the same way only leads to feeling like life has beaten you down and worn you out. You don't have to continue down that path!

Resources and Starting Points


Free and Friendly

Perfect for those who need an introduction to our approach and what it can do for you.

Each workshop is designed to give you (and your family members who may be involved in your recovery) an opportunity to learn more about us and our approach to healing.

We’ll cover the basics of what causes some of the most  common issues we help resolve and give you an idea of what it might look like moving forward.

Re³ Recovery Program

7-10 Week Program

Perfect for those ready to get started. You've worked too long and too hard to spend another minute of life feeling crappy!

You are no longer willing to just live with things as they are. You know there is better to life than the mentality or physicality you are trapped in now. And you are ready to jump in and get started. 

Our R³ Recovery Program dives right into healing with 7-10 weeks of concentrated, focused work to get you feeling better sooner.

Free: Guide to Ending Knee Pain

FREE Downloadable Guide

Perfect for those who need something that will help right now!

Advice is everywhere, some of it good, some of it bad. Often times it is the application of the advice that matters most. When it comes to knee pain, or any other pain for that matter, the order in which you do things, matters.

For a knee that is flared up and you are in pain, reducing the stress on that knee and allowing it to calm down is the thing that’s most needed. Take care of that, and then you can move on to deeper healing and recovery.

FREE Learning Tools! 

About Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic 

We believe life is meant to be enjoyed! For far too long, "sick care" and "pain management" have been accepted as the norm. Many people accept far less than what their body is truly meant to experience. We are here to change that. Our vision is to be the place in the Greater Salt Lake Valley that changes people's approach to health, helping people reclaim the potential of the the human body through movement and repair, creating a world where people live with less pain, less fear, and more joy.

Whether you've come looking for help because you've been let down by  traditional healthcare and want something better than the "rest and painkillers" option nearly always advised by the doctor, or you're VERY health-conscious and already know that one of our Recovery Programs is your best option, you're about to ENJOY the same transformation in your health as thousands of others who have seen proven results in their ability to regain control of their life with a body that feels great, moves well, and can keep going.

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Hear From People Who Feel Great!


Darryl came to us as an active guy who was having some knee troubles. The official diagnosis was fat pad impingement, and it was affecting his ability to run and hike. He was thinking he might need a scope to clean things out and possibly surgery. He’d already seen a lot of specialists who didn’t seem to have a clue how to help. By the time he found us, he hadn’t been on a run in several weeks and was limiting the distance he could hike. Within the first 1000 steps, his knee would start aching and he would have to limp through the rest of the hike. His workouts at the gym were also starting to shorten, and instead of 45 minutes on the StairMaster, he was lucky to be able to do 15. Darryl just wanted to be able to use his knee without thinking about it. He wanted the knee to not hurt if he decided to strap on his shoes for an afternoon run or go hiking with some friends after work. 

Darryl was willing to give this a try, but it was the last thing he was trying with the understanding that if things didn’t improve, he planned to schedule a scope within 2-4 weeks. 

Fortunately for Darryl, things improved. After 10 weeks in a Recovery Program, Darryl was able to climb King’s Peak in the Uinta mountains. It was a push for him, and there is some recovery work to do afterward, but he wasn’t worried about his knee.


When Shauna first started seeing us, her goal was to be active for many years and avoid the breakdown she had seen in her mom. She was looking for help to get ready for golfing and biking in the spring. We helped her meet and exceed her goals and she completed more than one 100 mile bike ride over the summer. Then disaster happened. 

Shauna had a fall and broke her knee cap in half. Screws had to be surgically placed to hold the 2 pieces together again. Recovery was a tough road and there were moments when it was difficult to even get out of a chair. She spent quite awhile sleeping in a recliner because it was too painful to get in and out of bed. She spent more than 10 weeks in a leg brace and knew she needed help to get moving again. Physical therapy was excruciating as the therapist would aggressively force her knee through painful movements. Shauna was told this was necessary if she wanted to walk again and that she needed to break up the scar tissue. Thanks to her previous experiences with us, Shauna knew there was another way and began to add weekly appointments at Release Works to her recovery plan. 

Within a few weeks, the physical therapist had stopped telling her to be more aggressive in breaking up scar tissue and even commented on how well she was walking. It wasn’t long before Shauna was discharged from physical therapy even though she did not yet have full range of motion in her leg and was still experiencing pain with walking down hills or stairs. Recovery is slower than Shauna wants, but her knee continues to improve and pain is now minimal. She still has weekly sessions here to help her with that recovery. She has returned to golfing and is walking daily with her friends.


I had a knee replacement and was in great distress and pain. I’d tried massage, chiropractic, saunas, hot tubs, ice, heat, stretching classes, exercise classes, yoga, acupuncture...lots of things. Some helped a bit, for a day or two, some for a week or two, but the issues always come back. MFR is the first thing that has worked on a long term basis. I could go to a chiropractor over and over and over again for an issue that you could actually clear up, whereas a chiropractor doesn't actually clear it up. You take no drugs, and the ability to heal, rather than mask, issues is tremendous.

[The knee replacement] was a lot more intense than I thought [it would be]. You've lowered the swelling, the heat, and the inflammation and you're giving me more movement than I had been getting in physical therapy. We've worked on some other things too…my neck, my back, and we’re going to work on my bad wrist… I'm in for an overhaul. 

I never miss out on things, I power through it. But the difference is, it's nice to not have to power through it, it's nice to have it feel good when I am active. I was always beat up. Now I'm feeling good doing it. Big difference. Easing the muscles and getting them, and my body, supple again…it's amazing

I skied hard today and kept up with everyone with no problem. My butt is turning rainbow colors of blue & green, but it hasn’t slowed me down at all. My leg is lifting , my body turning and I felt GREAT today.

Uncertain What To Do Next?


Continue to get to know us and our approach: Check out our blog posts, follow us on Facebook, watch some YouTube videos, try a workshop, request a FREE guide, talk to a specialist. Take as long as you need here!


When you are ready, schedule an evaluation and treatment session: This will identify the problems contributing to your particular issues, give you answers on how best to move forward, and get you a sense of things you can do immediately to start helping things change.


Choose the program that is right for you: You never take the next step until you feel good about it. We won't oversell you. But if you are being unrealistic in your expectations, we will tell you. The longer things have been troubled, the longer the recovery.


Work the program and integrate change: This is where the pieces are put together in the order that is right for you. This can include calming the 'freak out' mode your body might be stuck in, guided treatment, hands on treatment, self care, mindfulness, unwinding, movement rehabilitation and correction, and strengthening. All of these will require practice, feedback, and repetition for lasting change to occur.


Lose fear, feel better, and regain confidence as you learn to heal in ways you have not allowed until now: This is when you know you have regained control of your life!


Michael Sudbury

Founder of Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic

Hi, This is normally where motivational and inspirational words would go. If you've made it here and haven't gotten started, I don't have any words to convince you. But I do have a question. How long are you going to let something get in the way of feeling great?

See you soon! 

Michael Sudbury

Still wondering if this is for you?

Here's a quick self assessment to help you determine your readiness to work with us.

If You:

  • Are looking for a quick fix, magic pill, or overnight solution.
  • Are uninterested in learning or taking an active role in your recovery.
  • Would rather take pills or even have surgery rather than take the time and do the work to address root causes.

Then we will NOT be a good fit for you!

If You:

  • Are willing to take an active role in your recovery and be consistent and stick with it when things get difficult.
  • Are fed up with prescriptions, injections, and band-aids that mask symptoms and pain but don’t resolve anything
  • Are willing to be consistent and stick with it when things get difficult
  • Can consider that true resolution goes beyond the spot that hurts, and that the temporary absence of pain does not mean you are done.
  • Want better care and maintenance than drugs and surgery for the one body you have in this life.

Then, just like the people above, you can expect a truly transformative outcome


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We are so confident in what we do and how we help people that you are protected by our 100% right decision guarantee.  If you are not 100% satisfied with the level of service you are provided, all you have do is tell us at the time of your session and your session is on us.  It's that simple!  If we don't deliver on what we promise, then we should not be compensated for our time.  Does that sound fair to you?