Are you suffering from:
- Headaches, migraines, neck injuries, whiplash
- Shoulder pain, arm pain, carpal tunnel
- Hip, leg , knee and foot pain
- Stiffness, tightness and lack of flexibility
- Chronic fatigue
- Menstrual problems
Have you ever been in a car accident or fell skiing, snowboarding, fell from a horse or been in any kind of trauma where you have had huge impact on your body and started to feel pain that spread thru the body and never seems to go away?
Have you been told by physician, “There is nothing we can find wrong”, or “we don’t know if we can help you further”?
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a whole-body, hands-on approach for the evaluation and treatment of the human structure. Its focus is the fascial system. Physical trauma, an inflammatory or infectious process, or structural imbalance from dental malocclusion, osseous restriction, leg length discrepancy, and pelvic rotation all may create inappropriate fascial strain.
What is Fascial System?
The fascial system surrounds, infuses with, and has the potential to influence profoundly every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, organ, and cell of the body. Fascia also separates, supports, connects, and protects everything in the body from head to toe. This three-dimensional web of connective tissue is alive and ever changing as the body demands. Thus it is a network for information exchange, influencing and influenced by every structure, system, and cell in the organism. It is proven that if you remove bones and every organ in the body, fascia will still retain its body shape, that’s how strong it is. It also appears that fascia stores memories and motions.
What is Fascial Restriction?
Fascial strains can slowly tighten, causing the body to lose its physiologic adaptive capacity. Over time, the tightness spreads like a pull in a sweater or stocking. Flexibility and spontaneity of movement are lost, setting the body up for more trauma, pain, and limitation of movement. These powerful fascial restrictions begin to pull the body out of its three-dimensional alignment. Ideally, we should be balanced around the vertical axis of constant gravity; otherwise, imbalance almost always shortens the body and increase the expenditure of energy.
Benefits of Myofascial Release
Myofascial release, along with therapeutic exercise, and movement therapy improve the vertical alignment and lengthen the body, providing more space for the proper functioning of osseous structures, nerves, blood vessels and organs. If fascia has tightened and is creating symptoms distant from the injury, all of the appropriate localized treatments will produce poor or temporary results because the imbalance and excessive pressure from the myofascial tightness remain untreated. The tractioning forces applied to the fascial restrictions will elicit heat, a vasomotor response that increases blood flow to the affected area, enhance lymphatic drainage of toxic metabolic wastes, realign fascial planes, and most important, reset the soft tissue proprioceptive sensory mechanism. This last activity reprograms the central nervous system, enabling a normal functional range of motion without eliciting the old pain pattern.
The goal is to remove fascial restrictions and restore the body’s balance. When the structure has been returned to a balanced state, it is realigned with gravity.