Myofascial-Release Therapy is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial Restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (X-Rays, Myelograms, CAT Scans, Electromyography, etc.). The use of Myofascial-Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which the therapist uses a multitude of Myofascial-Release Techniques and Movement Therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Fascia is composed of collagen, elastin and the polysaccharide gel complex, or ground substance. These form a three-dimensional, interdependent system of strength, support, elasticity and cushion.
Each Myofascial-Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
"There is no such thing as s a muscle." That is a revolutionary statement from a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience... "Every muscle of the body is surrounded by a smooth fascial sheath, every muscular fascicle is surrounded by fascia, every fibril is surrounded by fascia, and every microfibril down to the cellular level is surrounded by fascia. Therefore, it is the fascia that ultimately determines the length and function of its muscular component."
Fascia is composed of collagen, elastin and the polysaccharide gel complex or ground substance. These form a three-dimensional, interdependent system of strength, support, elasticity and cushion.
Imagine the fascia in your body like a spider's web or a sweater. It surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve and artery; as well as our internal organs, including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. Each part of the entire body is inextricably connected to every other part by the fascia, like yarn in a sweater.
What is really interesting is that fascia is an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior.
In a normal healthy state the fascial system maintains the body in equilibrium through a delicate balance of tension and elasticity. The fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction, while still supporting the alignment of bones.
When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, surgery or inflammation the fascia looses its pliability and restrictions begin to accumulate over time. These myofascial restrictions start to exert abnormal pressure on the bones, joints, nerves, blood vessels and organs which unbalance the system and create pain both locally and in seemingly unrelated areas of the body. Restrictive tissue has the ability to create up to 2,000 pounds of pressure on a single nerve. Often, the true cause of pain is overlooked by conventional medical practitioners because fascia does not show up on ordinary diagnostic tests.
Below is a short list of some common conditions which have been shown to sustain vast improvements with Myofascial-Release Therapy (MFR). If your problem is not on the list, please call or email and ask; if MFR is not appropriate for you, I can often refer you to another professional that can help.