What Is Myofascial Release
Myofascial Release is a safe, highly effective, whole-body approach to treating pain and dysfunction in the body. Myofascial Release uses skilled, manual techniques to apply sustained pressure into the fascia to reduce and eliminate restrictions, tightness, improve mobility and restore alignment.
Myofascial Therapy has been extremely successful in treating all levels of pain, helping restore functional movement and improve overall health in individuals.
What is Fascia
Fascia is a strong, collagen-based connective tissue that spreads throughout the whole body wrapping around and in-between muscles, joints, tendons, organs, bones, and nerves.
Fascia is similar to threads in a fabric and is made up of multiple layers that are inter-woven in three-dimensional patterns. It encapsulates every structure in the body down to the cellular level. These layers are separated by a slippery lubricant (hyaluronan) that allows glide and movement. In a normal healthy state, fascia is hydrated and pliable with the ability to glide and stretch freely.
Chronic inflammation, surgery, scar tissue, poor posture, over-use, and traumas can affect and change the health and orientation of fascia. In turn, this creates pain, decreased range of motion, changes in biomechanics, abnormal symptoms, and repetitive injuries.
The Role and Function of Fascia
Fascia at the cellular level creates the environment and space each cell needs to perform its essential functions. The fascial system binds the human body into an integral whole to allow the proper function of structures and organs. It is fascia that keeps us upright in gravity to support our posture and movement three-dimensionally.
Fascia is also a shock-absorber. Therefore, its elasticity and fluidity are crucial for protecting our body from injury and trauma. Healthy fascia allows us to move pain-free, maintain proper alignment and preserve our bodies as we age.