What is Myofascial Release?
Tightness in fascia is frequently the underlying cause of long-term skeletal, muscular and nerve pain, as happens in conditions such as Sciatica and Fibromylagia.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is connective fibrous tissue that surrounds and protects every other tissue, ligament, muscle, bone, tendon and organ in the body. When healthy, fascia is relaxed and wavy and can stretch and move without restriction. Often, poor posture over a prolonged period of time, physical trauma and repetitive stress injuries have a cumulative effect that leads to fascia tightening and thickening.
When your fascia is tight, it can apply excess pressures on your body causing pain in muscles, joints and compressing nerves. Myofascial Release can help to release your fascia, which will remove this excess pressure – as your fascia “unwinds”, so too can your muscular, skeletal and nervous systems start to return to their natural states – freeing you from long-term aches and pains that traditional massage cannot touch.
Many people suffer pain and discomfort after an injury or surgery from the pulling of adhesions or scarring. Scars are thicker and more dense than normal tissue and are not just superficial but lie deep within each layer of tissue that was damaged or cut in order to perform the surgery. Scars lack circulation and hydration and can create an overwhelming pull as the scar tissue creeps insidiously through the skin.
What can I expect from a session in Myofascial Release?
Each MFR treatment session is unique. It is tailored to the needs of each person, their symptoms, function and dysfunction.
Patients often ask how many sessions are required. This is dependent on how your body responds to the treatment and in some cases also dependant on what you do in between sessions with regards to lifestyle, work, stress, sleep and physical demands. However, most people feel changes early on in treatment and continue to progress after each session.
Some patients initially prefer to come for regular weekly or twice weekly treatments in order to resolve their pain as quickly as possible then return every few months for top up appointments. Others prefer to come on a less regular basis. Either option is acceptable however less frequent appointments can mean that the return to health can be a slower process.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying sustained pressure or stretches into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without any oil, which enables fascial restrictions to be felt, and the appropriate amount of pressure/stretch/manipulation to facilitate release of the fascia to be applied.
As some of the tightness in your fascia starts to release, through gentle sustained pressure into the fascial system with Myofascial Release techniques, some patients feel their body becoming lighter or begin to twitch or feel their body moving – it’s different for everyone, and depends on how tight your fascia is, and how much releasing it needs to do. This is a natural process and is our body’s own inherent self correcting mechanism. Patients will be encouraged to allow this to happen and to become more aware of what they are feeling during treatment to assist the process and ultimately take control of their health.