A gentle blend of stretching and massage, Myofascial release therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, release and pain relief. The therapy is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted.
Myofascial release is fast gaining recognition as a powerful and effective complimentary therapy in traditional healthcare, in which specialised physical and manual therapy is used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions.
The fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. In healthy conditions the fascial system is relaxed and provides a cushioning and supportive mechanism allowing us to move safely without restriction or pain. The fascia is also dynamic in nature, it responds to internal and external forces applied on it meeting the resistance in order to protect. In addition, like the muscles of the body, the fascia has the ability to contract and relax and plays a major role in mobility and stability of joints.
Following all physical and emotional trauma and through poor posture, our fascia scars and hardens in and around the affected site. This causes the fascial network to lose its cushioning mechanism and internal structures become pulled out of alignment. This in turn creates an abnormal pressure in the damaged area, affecting the surrounding nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels and creating structural tension in areas of the body connected by the same fascial tissues. In some cases the effects of local trauma can be felt far from the original trauma site.
Fascial restrictions do not show up on CAT scans, MRI scans or X Rays, meaning that we can suffer from unresolved physical and emotional pain due to undiagnosed fascial trauma. We might carry unresolved symptoms for years.
During myofascial release therapy we feel and stretch slowly into the fascial network. The technique is very different to that of massaging muscles, tendons and the ligaments of the body and provides a sustained, gentle, pressure to affected areas of the body, allowing the fascia to elongate naturally and return to it’s normal resting length, restoring health and providing results that are both measurable and functional.
Combined with traditional massage, myofascial release can have huge benefits for those who take part in professional and amateur sports, increasing strength and flexibility, power and strength, integrity and stability. Used proactively, it’s also a fantastic prophylactic against injury.
Those in the performing arts may have to maintain a high degree of movement and bodily strain to perform a task. These people demand equally as much from their body as any sports person or athlete. The repetitive movements or holding positions involved create tension, strain and bracing patterns that without effective treatment will cause injury and ultimately affect their ability to perform.
Myofascial release treatments usually take a minimum of one hour at each session and will include a physical evaluation before the treatment itself. A series of treatments may be necessary. It is generally suitable for people of all ages.
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