What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on therapy that has been used succesfully for over a hundred years to treat difficult and recurring injuries and pain.
What is Myofascia?
Myofascia is the dense tissue that surrounds and covers all your muscles and bones. This outer covering, called fascia is very strong and very flexible.
Myofascia is like a superficial body suit, which allows us to move freely, breathe properly and perform our daily tasks pain free. It spans the whole body and is totally connected as one piece of material. "It is called the tissue of movement".
In the normal healthy state the Myofascia is relaxed, soft and helps to maintain good posture, range of motion and flexibility. It also gives our bodies tremendous strength and helps us deal with excessive stress and injuries. Myofacia has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma or inflammation Myofascia loses is pliability. It can become tight, restricted and a source of tension throughout the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall whiplash, surgery or habitual poor posture has a cumulative effect over time.
However, there is a treatment that can effectively treat this tough, tight fascial tissue making it more relaxed, pliable and soft.
Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of Myofascial Release is to break down scar tissue and relax the muscle, restoring good posture.
Myofascial Release techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief.
This technique is applied directly on the body and uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia.
Myofascial Release therapy can help alleviate:
Lower back pain
Shoulder injuries including Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Respiratory conditions including Asthma
The benefits of using Myofascial Release therapy includes:
Reduction in muscle spasms
Improved joint movement
Decreased muscle and fascial tension
Reduction in chronic recurring injuries
In general Myofascial Release is used to improve the health of your muscles and fascia, improving circulation and helping to restore good posture.
What does a Myofascial Release treatment feel like?
The pressure can range from very gentle touch to deeper pressure. The pressure from Myofascial Release therapy should never be beyond your tolerance and it is important to give feedback during the treatment.
Some patients may experience a slight skin burning sensation in the skin, which is perfectly normal and safe. Others may feel a gentle to deep stretch on the area being treated.
The techniques of Myofascial Release therapy help to re-organize and lengthen the tight tissue allowing for better movement and health to the tissue.
Myofascial Release was specifically designed to relax the fascia throughout the whole body. Tension in fascia can effect and cause pain in other areas and we may treat other areas of the body to positively effect your treatment outcome.