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Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is is a gentle, long-lasting and safe way to release restrictions, restore movement, and eliminate pain.

What is fascia?

Fascia is an unbroken structure which covers our entire body and sits between the skin and the underlying muscle and bone. It looks like a spider’s web covering and connecting each part of the body.

When healthy, the fascia is supple and unrestricted. However, if physical trauma such as a sports injury, car accident or fall is experienced, the fascia tightens and becomes constrained. Long-term trauma to the body, including poor posture and repetitive strain injuries can have the same effect.

Emotional trauma and stress also place restrictions on the fascia. When the fascia is hindered in its normal function, a range of symptoms can be experienced including pain and restricted movement, which affects our everyday lives.

If untreated, because the entire fascia structure is interrelated, over time, the pain and restrictions may spread to other parts of the body.

Myofascial release and visceral manipulation are techniques which can be used to manipulate the fascia and viscera (internal organs), enabling pain to be relieved and the fascia to return to its proper function.

Restricted fascia & Myofascial Release

The fascia’s role is to contract during injury or in response to inflammation, infection or surgery and does not release on its own. Because the fascia is an interconnected system, any strain or tension on one part of the body, may generate pain, reduce range of movement or cause dysfunction elsewhere in the body.

Using myofascial release to remove restrictions will have an effect on the fascia elsewhere along the fascia line, including at a deeper level.

As it surrounds all structures, a thickening in the fascia will inhibit the flow between blood vessels and the cells, starving them of nutrients and hydration and trapping toxins in the cells.

Furthermore, scar tissue produces a huge tensile pressure which can crush nerves and blood vessels anywhere in the body, including in the brain, resulting in changes at cellular level. This can be the cause of many illnesses or conditions though is is rarely identified by the medical profession as it does not show up in current imaging techniques.

"Current scientific study now realises that the fascia is very active mechanically, neurologically, hormonally and is also important in relation to the efficiency of the immune system.."

Clients can experience a range of symptoms resulting from myofascial restrictions including, deep burning, cold shiver, sharp and heavy pain, pins and needles and numbness.

It’s also common to feel pain similar to that of a dull, throbbing toothache. Often, due to the original cause not being treated, fascial restrictions spread to other areas of the body, and pain becomes generalised. This is known as referred pain.

In the Western world, referred pain is frequently ignored, with traditional practitioners assuming that the problem lies solely where the pain is. This in turn leads to mis-diagnosis and the failure to discover and treat the root cause of the pain.

The benefits of Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is really helpful in treating a huge variety of symptoms, such as back pain and sciatica, neck pain, jaw dysfunction and headaches, sport injuries or repetitive strain injuries such as plantar fasciatis.

It is also effective in reducing scar tissue and adhesions post-surgery (even years later), and in addressing symptoms of IBS, constipation and many more.

Treating the fascia allows the body to rid itself of patterns of asymmetry, which may cause excessive wear and tear on joints, pain and dysfunction.  The body can then learn to realign and re-programme a neutral, symmetrical pattern of movement thus restoring function and reducing pain long-term.

  • Do you tend to wake up stiff in the morning?
  • Is getting out of bed a real pain?
  • Are you stiff after sitting for any length of time?

We tend to think it’s our joints that are to blame but more often than not, it is the soft tissue that surrounds the joints – the fascia – that is the source of stiffness, illness, and pain.

The fascia renews and adapts itself all the time so making changes to the fascial system with myofascial release will bring changes that last.

Contact Nicola if you'd like to book an appointment or know more about how myofascial release can help you.

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