Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release

A whole-body approach to the evaluation and treatment of dysfunction or pain. It is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure over the restriction.

What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses and or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions which can cause pain. The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatment during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques combined with other manual therapies and exercise programs.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self-treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility and postural movement awareness.

What is Fascia?

The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider web. It is three-dimensional and connects from head to toe without interruption.  Every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ, right down to the cellular level is embedded in the fascia. Fascia provides a framework within which the body functions. It is a very important structure that has been virtually ignored in the traditional teachings of anatomy. It also houses the communication system of the body through microtubules of light and holds the memory. 

What is the significance of Fascial Restrictions?

The fascia is affected from the time we are conceived. Restrictions or tightness in the fascia can exert extreme tensile pressures on the body up to 2000 lb per square inch. The tightness can be caused by trauma, whether it is minor, like tripping on the sidewalk, falling as a toddler or something more major like getting in a car accident causing whiplash. Emotional trauma also affects the fascia.  Other ways restrictions can occur are from poor posture or repetitive strain over time, poor body mechanics, i.e. lifting techniques or sitting at your desk for long periods, chronic inflammatory responses or scar tissue from surgery. Fascial restrictions do not show up on any diagnostic test (x-ray, CT scans or MRI) because it is too thin. A high percentage of people suffering from pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed. 

Fascial restrictions can cause all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. The fascia can pull structures out of alignment or cause organs not to function as optimally as they can. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

More Informational Resources: