Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It involves applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue restrictions; The tissue is engaged with a constant force until a release occurs. Myofascial Release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilizing adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly from the most superficial to deeper layers of fascia.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on the skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Fascia is a very densely woven network of fibers that surrounds and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. It is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. Fascia resembles something like a total body suit in that every single fiber is connected and so affects each other, both positively and negatively.
In it’s normal state fascia is wavy and relaxed and able to stretch, constrict, and move around without any restrictions and pain. However, when one experiences physical or emotional trauma, scarring, or inflation, the fascia bunches up in response, becoming tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Sometime, the bunching in one area can cause bunching in a completely different area (such as low back pain causing neck pain). So while a drug might take care of the back pain, the neck pain will remain and there can seem to be no relief for it. Much like a pulled thread in a sweater, the surrounding fibers become tight and unresponsive, leading to pain and even dizziness. This is often what causes the misdiagnoses of pains.
Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of the entire body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Miofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch. It is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
Benefits of Miofascial Release
- Back Pain
- Bladder Problems (Urgency, Frequency, Incontinence, Overactive Bladder, Leakage)
- Bulging Disc
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical and Lumbar Injuries
- Chronic Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Herniated Disc
- Headaches or Migraines
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Menstrual Problems
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Plantar Fascitis
- Scars (hypertrophic, hypersensitive, painful, burn scars, mastectomy scars)
- Shin Splints
- Tennis Elbow
- TMJ Syndrome
- Trigeminal Neuralgia