Fascia is connective tissue that provides support and protection through the whole body. Fascia envelopes all the organs, blood vessels, nerves and muscles of the body. Muscle and fascia cannot be separated. Fascia can become restricted and adhered due to trauma, inflammatory responses, surgical procedures, overuse or inactivity and emotional stress. These restrictions often result in pain, muscle tension and decreased blood flow to the area.
Myofascial release techniques aim to release and mobilize the adhesions. Myofascial stretching in one area of the body can be felt in and affect other areas of the body.
Myofascial release involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The therapist uses a gentle traction into the restricted fascia resulting in heat and increased blood flow in the area. This allows the body’s inherent ability for self correction to return. The therapist’s hands moves slowly through the layers of the fascia waiting at each barrier until there is a softening of the tissue.
~is a hands on technique
~involves manipulating the fascial connective tissue using mostly mild and gentle stretching
~is done on the skin without oils
~is profoundly relaxing, and deepening
Myofascial Release results in,
~increased postural alignment
~increased body awareness
~increased flexibility and strength
~feeling more balanced physically, mentally and emotionally
Evaluation and treatment work best if you bring a pair of shorts and a workout top to change into.
Fascia is tough connective tissue with a tensile strength of 2000 lb’s per square inch, it spreads through the body in an interconnected web. Fascia surrounds organs, nerves, and blood vessels
and infuses muscle down to the cellular level. Fascia made up of collagen and elastin supported in a gelatinous matrix.
Fascia responds to trauma, physical or emotional. Chronic poor posture and inflammation creates tension in the fascia causing it to stiffen. Fascia is essentially an interconnected web, hardened fascia pulls into other areas much like when you pull the threads on a sweater causing all the other threads to organize along the lines of tension. This can create bizarre symptoms such as pain, tingling or burning some distance from the originally affected area. The strong fascia binds down on pain sensitive structures like nerves and blood vessels. The body loses it’s flexibility and orientation in space, the body then becomes compromised so it needs more energy just to stay upright and function. As this process continues, stress may not be as easily managed, and chronic pain can set in.
Evaluating for fascial restrictions includes,
~a visual assessment in standing, sitting, lying and while moving
~a tactile assessment of the tissues while treating
~asking for feedback from the client about connected areas felt during treatment