Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spiderʼs web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
The fascial system is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. Each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
When we experience physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery, repetitive stress injuries or just habitual poor posture over time have a cumulative effect. The changes they cause in the fascial system influence posture, comfort and the functioning of our body. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction of motion.
What to expec from a treatment
The release of tight restrictions in tissues may be accompanied by the release of long time trapped metabolic waste products into the surrounding tissue and blood stream. This can be irritating to pain sensitive structures of the body as they make their way out of the system. For up to a day or two after a treatment, you may experience an increase in discomfort. However, it is often followed by noticeable improvement of existing symptoms.
Self care after treatment
During the course of your treatments, be sure to drink a lot of fluids. Sip one to two liters of water throughout the day to help your body gently flush and metabolize the waste. Proper hydration and mild cardiovascular activities will maximize the benefits of the treatment.