Fascia is a form of connective tissue. Fascia connects, separates and surrounds the tissues that form your entire body. It holds your organs in place, lines the walls of the entire circulation system, surrounds your brain, spinal cord and nerves, as well as shapes and defines each and every muscle in your body. Its function is vital, as it literally defines our entire shape, in and out, and can support or disrupt normal system functions. Injuries such as trauma or repetitive motion can cause restriction in the fascia by producing adhesions and torque or ‘twists’.
Our brains recognize our current posture, muscle tension, and movement patterns as being “normal” and not necessarily as efficient or pain free. Myofascial Release requires re-education of the central nervous system to accept the new posture and muscle tension as better and less painful.
What To Expect
Myofascial Release is a specific technique to open the fascia throughout your body. This work is very focused, requiring a set time for each area of the body: shoulders, neck, head, lower back, thighs, etc. As layer after layer is gently stretched, a ‘ripple’ or ‘wave’ rolls through the tissue, creating space. This allows the fascia to ‘breathe’ and provides support without binding to the muscular structures and causing adhesion's to form. Recent research is now showing that it is often the fascia that is tight and restricting the movement of muscle underneath and not allowing for full function.
Your therapist may recommend may recommend specific areas for the administration of this technique, or may suggest a whole body regime. A full body Myofascial Release schedule usually consists of consecutive (weekly) visits. This is a commitment that has to be undertaken, but the benefits can often prevent surgery and return an athlete or person to full range within a short time period. Results affect the over-all shape and stance of the body and are very successful for those with postural imbalances.
Common Conditions We Treat
Back strain, chronic back pain, low back pain, thoracic back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic cervical pain
Complex pain complaints
Myofascial pain dysfunction
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Trigger points, tender points