Fascia is the tough connective tissue that gives much of the body its shape, similar to the skin of a sausage. It connects every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, vessel, nerve and organ in our body like a three-dimensional spider web down to the cellular level and can store memories of physical and emotional trauma.
During inflammation processes in your body, the fascia is affected all the way down to a cellular level. Any form of inflammation will have an impact on fascial structures in your body. Inflammation is usually combined with some form of fluid retention. Dehydration will actually worsen the inflammation process and increase the healing time. To stay well hydrated is therefore essential to assist in the healing process of inflammation and the fascial structures involved.
Releasing these restrictions allows us to discharge recurring emotional as well as physical pain – often achieved through a process which is called Unwinding.
Myofascial Release as a Technique
Sessions can include craniosacral work, stretching techniques and deep touch. These restore alignment and function of the fascia and reduces pain.
Physiological mobility, circulation and lymphatic function will improve with increasing pliability of the fascia.
Myofascial Release Therapy is a remedial massage technique which can easily be combined with other massage techniques. I have found that it will enhance the benefits Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue Massage considerably, therefore I use it in all of my treatment sessions to a certain degree.
Indications for Myofascial Release Therapy as a Remedial Massage Technique
Any chronic muscle condition, including:
- Back/Neck Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Treatment of Scar Tissue
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Trigger Points
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Cervical Pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
- Inflammatory Muscle Conditions
Benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release may assist in:
- Pain Reduction of acute or chronic pain
- Increase of mobility of Soft Tissue and Joints
- Decrease of Muscle Tension
- Improvement of Neurological dysfunction
- Symptom Relief of Conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Problems