What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a form of bodywork that works to release areas where the fascia maybe tight or stuck. The techniques are applied slowly to allow the fascia to soften, lengthen and release.
The practitioner will apply a steady gentle pressure using their hands, knuckles, forearms or elbow into the tissues, and then slowly start to stretch the tissue, gently holding it until a release in the tissues is felt, at which point the tissue is followed until the next restriction is felt. Myofascial techniques are designed to work with the body, not against it. The techniques do not usually cause any pain, but sometimes a mild burning or heat may be felt as the fascia releases.
Myofascial techniques can help us to unwind patterns, and create freedom of movement where we are stuck, removing the underlying causes of pain and stiffness. As we do so, emotions of memories which have been held in the bodies tissues may also surface and be released.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a 3-dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds and infuses all the muscles, organs and bones, as well as each individual cell in the body. It provides protection and allows communication. Fascia is composed of collagen, elastin and ground substance – together they give strength, support, elasticity, and shock absorption to our structure.
Over a period of time of assuming a poor posture, the body will begin to lay down extra tissue (collagen) to support that position. So the fascia will thicken in that area, holding the pattern of that posture. When fascia becomes stuck and dehydrated, it causes restrictions in the movement and fluidity of the muscles and soft tissue, creating pain and discomfort.
Because it is an integral part of all anatomical structures, it plays a vital role in the functioning of the body. Restrictions within the fascial system can contribute to pain and dysfunction. These restrictions can be caused by postural imbalances, physical trauma, scarring, surgery and inflammation and abnormal tension or pressure.
Because fascia is a continuous matrix throughout the body, a restriction in one part will affect every part. So pain is often experienced in a different part of the body, to the source of the problem.
What to expect
At your first treatment a full case history will be taken, and we will discuss any problems you may be experiencing. I will assess your posture so please wear modest underwear. Your modesty will be respected at all times during the treatment. Usually the techniques are applied with you lying on the couch, or sometimes with you seated, depending on the area that needs work. The treatments are usually 90 mins long. After the first treatment, we will discuss how often you should receive treatment. This will depend on the individual and the problem being addressed.
What can Myofascial Release help with?
- Chronic pain
- Back ache and pelvic imbalance
- Neck shoulder pain and tension
- Jaw pain
- Carpel tunnel syndrome and RSI
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- General discomfort and muscular spasms
- Plantar fascitis and heal spurs
- Sporting injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Post surgical and injury scarring
Benefits of Myofascial Release
- Increases energy.
- Restore muscular function and postural alignment
- Relieve physical and emotional strain
- Increase awareness of holding and bracing patterns
- Promote relaxation
- Balance the body, mind and soul
- Promote self-healing