Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release is a deep yet subtle and gentle technique, that can be used to address the superficial to deep layers of connective tissue. Fascia can be understood as the living fabric of the body. It is the multi-dimensional, web-like tissue that surrounds our muscles, ligaments, bones, and organs, down to a cellular level. It’s number one role, is to hold everything in place.
Trauma, injury, inflammation and stress (physical, emotional, mental) all create myofascial restrictions in the body. The body responds to stress or injury by bearing down to protect the area and prevent the incident from re-occurring. Science has discovered, that these fascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures of up to 2000lbs per square inch on pain sensitive structures, that aren’t identified on many standard tests such as x-rays, myolograms, CT scans, electromyography) . (John F Barnes https://myofascialrelease.com/about/) Individuals who experience chronic or unexplained pain, such as with conditions like Fibromyalgia, often experience relief from deep myofacial release therapy. Myofascial release therapy is best received immediately at the time of stress of injury, to prevent the onset of restriction, protective stress response, or holding patterns in the body.
Myofasical Release Therapy comprises a series of relatively gentle techniques. Patience have reported elimination of pain symptoms, or completely restored mobility of a limb, after leaving a session feeling like "nothing happened" Since applying resistance to an already resistant force simply amplifies resistance (1+1=2), myofascial release is done by engaging the area of tension and allowing connective tissue fibres to reorganize and align themselves in a more flexible and functional manner. This technique can release deeply embedded holding patterns in the body, which can promote greater movement and freedom.
Myofascial release for Posture
Fascia directly influences posture. Consider that you are sitting at a desk all day, rounded forward and typing. The fascial system eventually adapts to your chosen posture and over time the anterior (neck, shoulder, chest, jaw) muscles become short and tight, and the posterior (neck, shoulder, back) muscles become overstretched and hunched.
Since fascia is continuous from the head to toe, and runs from the most superficial to deep layers, tension in one area effects other areas of the body. This partly explains why pain in the right hip, didn’t necessarily originate at the right hip. Imagine that you are wearing a sweater, and you begin twisting the sleeve at the right shoulder. Eventually, your sweater will lift from your back, neck, hips. Myofascial treatments seek to identify that origin of tension, pain, or injury, and inviting the possibility for release there.
Myofascial treatments have shown to be incredibly beneficial for improving posture, and treat beyond the symptoms which produce longer lasting changes to occur.
Myofascial Release for Trauma
Myofascial techniques can be used to release stored trauma in the body. Scientific research concludes that fascia surrounds every structure in the body, down to a cellular level. Our cells contain every bit of information and memory we’ve ever processed. Surely, we’ve all heard the phrase, muscle memory. By engaging myofascial restrictions on a superficial level, with of a variety of techniques, in a safe manner, protected space, and intention of the patient to let-go, patient and therapist work together to release energetic imprints that are being held in the body.