Myofascial Release is a gentle, but very effective and safe manual therapy using sustained pressure into restrictions in the fascial system along with gentle stretching techniques.
This hands on therapy treats the body holistically, promoting healing, release and relief from pain.
The purpose of this therapy is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscles and restore healthy posture.
A thorough physical assessment and discussing your health history is critical in determining what may have lead to the symptoms of your current condition. As with all holistic work - the aim is to find the cause of the problem and not simply treat the symptoms.
Our bodies are continually trying to maintain a balanced state, and it is suggested that poor posture, physical injury, emotional stress and illness - both chronic and acute - can lead to an imbalance in normal body alignment, resulting in a tight and constricted fascia.
So what is Fascia?
Fascia is a system of thin connective tissue that weaves continuously throughout the body - much like a spider web - surrounding our muscles, organs, blood vessels and nerves. If everything inside of our body was removed and only the fascia remained, it would retain its shape due to its tensile strength. It extends from the tip of our skull to the tips of our extremities - toes and fingers.
When the body is healthy and in balance the fascia moves freely over body structures such as organs and muscles and we experience an ease of movement within joints, good flexibility and no pain or discomfort.
However; poor posture, trauma or inflammation can lead to restrictions within the fascia and the effects are felt throughout the entire body, often in areas far from the area of perceived pain or dysfunction.
Many of the standard tests like radiographs, myelograms, computerised tomographic scans and electromylograms do not show the fascia. It's possible many people suffering from chronic pain and/or limitations in joint mobility may have restrictions in the fascia and have been undiagnosed and therefore have not found long term relief from their symptoms.
This is where Myofascial Release therapy is so effective in facilitating healing of the fascia and combined with therapeutic massage, it is an excellent way of helping your body return to a state of balance.
How change occurs..
Our bodies maintain the most energy efficient posture and movement patterns which are available to us at a particular time, but these might not be at the optimal levels required for good health and well-being.
The brain is an amazing organ, but it takes time for the Central Nervous System to learn the benefits of new patterns compared to the inefficiency of old, painful patterns.
It recognises our current posture, movement patterns and any muscle tension as 'normal' - but they are anything but normal. You may experience loss of flexibility, limited range of motion within joints, pain and general discomfort and you feel generally 'out of sorts' and this is when you seek professional help to find relief.
MFR is the fascilitator in the re-education of the Central Nervous System to adapt to the new, improved posture as less painful and more efficient in terms of energy expended. This ususally takes more than one session because the body needs time to realise the new posture is better for their health and well-being than the old one.
How can Myofascial Release therapy help you?
Myofascial Release therapy helps to release restrictions in the fascial system therefore relieving pressure on bones, muscles, joints and nerves.
Myofascial Release techniques aim to reorganise and lengthen tight tissue allowing for improved movement within the body in general and within joints. It returns damaged tissue to a healthy state so they function normally without causing pain and discomfort.
Each technique takes a few minutes for a full release to be achieved. I sink into the tissues until I feel them soften beneath the warmth of my hands, then I slowly facilitate a gentle stretch and I hold this until a stretch is no longer felt. In a sense, I am listening - with my hands - to the body.
The body will relax and unwind in its own time, hence the reason the process takes a few minutes.
I hope to help others in their journey to being pain-free and more flexible by introducing them to this safe, gentle and highly effective therapy.
Myofascial Release therapy is an excellent therapy for those who do not enjoy trigger point or deep tissue massage and prefer a more gentle approach and is suitable for people of all ages.
What to expect in your treatment session?
A typical session usually takes one hour, but 90 minute sessions are ideal, especially if being combined with massage.
Enjoy relaxing in my home clinic in a warm, nurturing environment where soft music will be playing to help you unwind in preparation for your massage.
After filling out a health history form we will discuss the reason for your visit. I will conduct some postural assessments and check the range of motion within your joints before discussing with you which therapeutic treatment is most appropriate for your situation. This will be carried out with you in your underwear so I can compare postural differences. Any questions you may have can also be addressed at this time.
You can remain fully clothed during a myofascial release session but skin to skin contact is preferred because a deep, gentle stretch of the fascia through the layers of the skin is necessary to facilitate the release process. You will be draped appropriately as in a massage session and only the area being worked on will be uncovered.
During a treatment session a release may happen which may be felt in various areas throughout the body and involuntary movements are common and completely normal. The feeling is much the same as when we are falling asleep and we feel a jerk somewhere within our body - I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been 'accidentally' elbowed in the ribs by my partner as he is falling asleep!!
These releases might be felt internally or may be seen visually - as in the case of a jerking arm or leg - but they are the body's natural way unwinding and releasing tension.
Release may also be felt on an emotional level. The emergence of negative or repetitive emotional patterns which have interfered with the healing process may be released during a treatment so it's important to feel comfortable with your therapist and the environment in which you receive your treatment, so you can allow your body to do what it needs to do in order to heal.
A series of three or four treatments may be necessary - if you have been experiencing dysfunction for several weeks or months - but more recent, short-term problems may be relieved in one session.
I usually incorporate a few Myofascial Release techniques during a Remedial massage session as it assists the body in the unwinding process by softening the fascia, therefore increasing the effectiveness of the overall massage. And this is often a great way to introduce my clients to this simple, gentle and highly effective therapy.
Feel free to call me if you'd like any more information.
Whether you are after a full Myofascial Release treatment or one combined with Remedial Massage - your session will be tailored to suit your individual needs.
Allow an additional 10-15 minutes for your first visit to fill out a health history form.
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Myofascial Release Therapy may be helpful for many physical problems, including:
- Back strain and general chronic or acute back pain
- Lumbar and thoracic pain
- Chronic cervical pain
- Dizziness, vertigo
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Myofascial pain dysfunction
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-polio symptoms
- TMJ dysfunction/jaw problems
- Chronic pain syndromes
- and many more...