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Myo Fascial Release Therapy

The term "myofascial" refers to muscle & surrounding fascia, or connective tissue. It is the fascia or connective tissue that forms a web, wrapping muscles into groups & separating the body into compartments, supporting, connecting & separating all the functional units.

After trauma, injury, surgery, repetitive stress or simply years of poor posture, the fascia can become distorted. Injury or restriction in the fascial network transmits strain & can be felt at a great distance from its source. This eventually decreases mobility & may cause pain, compression of nerves of blood vessels, spinal misalignments or, by so doing, lead to organ dysfunction or alterations of craniosacral motion.

A gentle blend of stretching & massage, Myofascial Release Therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, release & pain relief. The therapy utilises the theory that poor posture, physical injury, illness & emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment & cause its intricate web of fascia to become tight & constricted.

The treatment aim is to realign the body by using deep pressure & stroking massage techniques to stretch shortened & tightened myofascia back into shape. With treatment, the myofascia becomes softer & more flexible, restoring its natural balance in relation to muscles, tendons & bones. With this change of myofascia, the practitioner evokes a more normal movement, enhancing a more natural flow of energy. Practitioners use their fingers, knuckles, knees, arms or elbows to create pressure that manipulates the myofascia, releasing deeply held tension. Treatment is generally done on a massage table & appropriately semi-clothed.

Myofascial Release Therapy is said to release disruptions in this fascial network that links every organ & tissue in the body with every other part. Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints & nerves is relieved in the process, & balance is restored. The release of tension once the body has responded to the therapy allows more functional flexibility & mobility of the muscles, fascia & associated structures. Release may also facilitate the emergence of negative or repetitive emotional patterns, which have interfered with the healing process.

Myofascial release Therapy may be helpful for many physical problems, including;

  • Back strain & general chronic or acute back pain

  • Lumbar & thoracic pain

  • Chronic cervical pain

  • Dizziness, vertigo

  • Carpel tunnel syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Fibrositis

  • Headaches

  • Myofascial pain dysfunction

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Post-polio symptoms

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Whiplash

  • Chronic pain syndromes

Myofascial Release treatments usually take approximately 1 hour depending on the response time of the patient’s body, & will include a physical evaluation before the treatment itself, for which the patient will be partially unclothed. A series of treatments may be necessary, although relief is often obtained in one session & it is generally suitable for people of all ages.

Whatever the basis of chronic myofascial stiffness this method is the most effective soft tissue approach available. (Michael Stanborough, Body Practitioner & Educator)

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