What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a gentle hands on therapy. It can be used to treat problems which have not responded well to other treatments. The results of myofascial tend to be long lasting rather than a “quick fix”.
It can be used to benefit a wide and varied range of problems. Some of the issues that may benefit from receiving Myofascial Release treatments include:
- Chronic pain
- Physical stiffness and lack of mobility
- Effects resulting from injury or trauma
Why is Fascia so Important in Treating the Body?
Fascia exists as a three dimensional network which supports the body and links the various parts to each other. It has been found that a dysfunction in one part of the body will affect other parts through the links in the fascial network. For complete treatment of an injury in one area, we need to address all the other areas which have been affected by treating all of the fascial links. If this is not done, trauma can remain in other places that are connected to the original problem area and full recovery may not be reached.
The good news is that fascia has the ability to re-adjust itself given the right encouragement by a trained therapist. The therapist’s touch can seek out any disturbances in the chain of fascia and encourage the fascia to return to its original state. In a Myofascial Release session the therapist may hold and apply gentle pressure to the affected area. This produces a response in the fascia causing the collagen and elastin fibres to disentangle themselves and to re-align to form a better structure to support the body.
How is Myofascial Release Carried Out?
During the session I will be holding various places on your body and feeling the response of the fascia. The treatment is carried out by using my hands to apply a steady pressure to a place on the body. If the correct pressure is used, the layers of fascia underneath will gradually release. Generally the therapist will need to hold the position for at least 90 to 120 seconds, however to affect the deeper layers of fascia this may need to be maintained for 5 minutes or longer. The therapist follows various positions along the line of fascia treating all the linked areas that are affected.
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