What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a gentle, safe and effective form of hands-on therapy. This innovative, non-invasive technique involves the application of gentle, sustained pressure into the fascial web and its restriction to restore motion and eliminate pressure on pain-sensitive structures. Myofascial release looks at the whole person and addresses the entire body as a unified system, creating a healing environment that addresses the cause and not just the symptom. Therapy sessions are always focused on direct “one on one” treatment and look at the individual as they are in that moment and not focused on a “usual protocol.”
HOW DO FASCIAL RESTRICTIONS AFFECT THE BODY?
Because the fascia is a tissue that covers and interpenetrates every system of our body, when it scars, dries out and tightens down, otherwise known as a fascial restriction, it creates pull into the system. Other structures being affected by this pull will try to adapt for as long as they are able, but may also become inflamed or dysfunctional creating another area of restriction. Over time this creates pressure, pain and limited range of motion, otherwise known as a symptom. Thus, the original injury or area of restriction may produce dysfunction in a different area of the body. For example, a person may start out with a thigh injury from a fall. The tension from this injury has caused the bones of the pelvis to be pulled out of proper alignment. The muscles of the mid and low back respond by tightening down on one side in an attempt to stabilize the pelvis and cause shifting to one side of the spine. The compensation will pull the neck off as the person attempts to keep their eyes and head level. The person may finally seek out treatment because they have a headache and neck pain, even though the original injury started with the thigh.