Myofascial release therapy focuses on a person’s fascia. Fascia, or connective tissue, is the dense, tough tissue which surrounds and covers all of your muscles, muscle groups, bones and organs, holding them in place. This outer covering is very strong and very flexible. It runs from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Your entire body is connected to every other part of the body by the fascia – it is a continuous weave of material. And, like a pull in a sweater, damage to an area of fascia can effect other distant areas in your body even years later.
In the normal healthy state the fascia is relaxed and soft. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma or inflammation the fascia loses its 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 and myofascial release can help.
When fascia is damaged or traumatized it can become too tight and cause a number of problems such as:
During a myofascial release therapy treatment, the pressure may vary from deep to a more gentler pressure, but should not go over an individual’s pain tolerance. Some patients may experience a slight tingling or burning sensation in the skin, which is perfectly normal and safe. Others may feel a gentle to deep stretch on the area being treated. It is important to communicate with your therapist to receive the best treatment for your needs.
The myofascial techniques can be incorporated into a swedish massage and will help to reorganize and lengthen the tight tissue allowing for better movement and health.
To find out more about our myfasical release therapy treatments or to make an appointment, please contact us.