Myofascial release is a hands-on form of soft tissue therapy. Used to treat structural dysfunction in the body, thus eliminating pain, restoring motion and rebalancing the entire body. It does this by using deep, slow strokes to release “snags” or adhesions in the fascia.
The fabric that surrounds every structure in our body is fascia (connective tissue). Fascia suspends every muscle, bone, organ and cell in its matrix. It is the proper function of this fascial fabric that allows us to move through the world with ease and health. Our bodies are mobile tensegrity structures; our ability to move through the world is achieved by a constant balance of tension and compression, between “push” and “pull”. In other words, the integrity of the structure is dependent on the balance within it. Fascia is the integral component to keep our tensegrity structure moving.
A single force on one part of the body will create a ripple effect throughout the entire body and can result in a structural dysfunction. That force can come from overuse, trauma, infection or inactivity. Restrictions in the fascia cause inflammation and local chemical imbalances. Chronic inflammation results in fibrosis (thickening of the connective tissue) and this in turn causes pain and irritation. Ultimately resulting in a reflexive feedback loop that causes more inflammation.
Stretching and smoothing out the fascia, releases tension in the muscles thus restoring the physiological and chemical balance of the body. In addition to the hands-on therapy, clients are also educated about proper body mechanics and self-treatment through enhancing strength and/or increasing flexibility.