Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is an extremely effective hands-on therapy technique that provides sustained pressure to myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The concept of myofascial release involves manipulation of the fascial (or connective tissue) system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater.

Restrictions are created when the fluid aspect of the fascia loses its gel-like properties as a result of physical injury, inflammation, surgery, mental stress, emotional trauma, poor posture, and/or repetitive strain. Restrictions (pulls in the spider web) can create pressure up to 2000 lbs. per square inch. Imagine the weight of an elephant standing on one square inch of your body! Your body tries to accommodate these restrictions by adjusting posture, motion, and flexibility. Over time, this causes pain, weakness, inflammation, or malfunction throughout the body, sometimes with symptoms that seem unrelated.

Myofascial Release increases mobility and flexibility by relieving fascial restrictions and decreasing pain using gentle pressure or stretch to engage the fascial system and restore health and balance throughout your body. The result is significant change which is measurable and functional.

The use of myofascial release allows treatment of a patient’s injury beyond that of an identifiable diagnosis resulting from MRI, X-Rays and CT scans. Fascial restriction causes a high percentage of people to suffer from chronic pain as they go without proper diagnosis and treatment.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is very densely woven, covering penetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as supports and protects all internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord and the craniosacral system. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.

In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation is present the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Traumas such as a fall, whiplash, surgery, habitual poor posture over time, and repetitive stress injuries have cumulative effects. The changes they cause in the fascial system influence comfort and the functioning of our body. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion. They affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.

Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. These structures would not be able to provide the stability without the constant pull of the fascial system. In fact, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which cannot support the structure without the constant support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium.