Pain is a message. But, it's hard to listen to when you've been suffering for a long time and no one has quite
diagnosed the reason. Whatever the cause, chronic pain impacts your quality of life, your emotional well-being,
and the lives of those around you. What can you do? Where can you go for help? For many people, the answer is
a treatment they've never even heard of: myofascial release.
But myofascial therapy is more than just a treatment optionit's like a mind and body transformation.
As an integrated treatment with other forms of therapy, it's an amazing process that brings your mind and body
into a place of alignment, where they can do the healing that needs to be done. You feel calmer and more confident.
You discover new insights about the ways you've been living your life.
Myofascial release is a hands-on form of therapy that releases restrictions in the body's fascial system. Fascia
comprises a system of connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ of
the bodyall the way down to cellular level. Any kind of restriction on the fascial tissuetrauma,
asymmetric posture or inflammationcan create a binding of the fascia, resulting in pressure on nerves,
muscles, bones or organs.
Myofascial release involves gentle, sustained pressure to the restricted connective tissue. Used to eliminate
pain and restore mobility, myofascial therapy also includes education in proper body mechanics and movement,
and enhancement of posture, flexibility and strength. The focus of this therapy is on the cause of the injury
or trauma, not the symptoms.
Therapists use a hands-on approach, constantly evaluating and adjusting treatment based on where you are in
the process. This micro-adjustment strategy ensures that treatment is customized just for you. Where you are
and how you are feeling changes from day to day, and therapists take this into account, keeping a detailed history
of your healing path.
Myofascial release can alleviate a wide range of problems, including
acute and chronic pain, movement restriction, headaches, TMJ, fibromyalgia,
chronic fatigue, sports injuries, neurological dysfunction, and
depression. Because every part of the body is connected to fascia,
every part of the body can be affected by a constriction in it.
Babies with torticollis, gait (walking) abnormalities, swallowing
or suckling difficulties, colic, stomach reflux, and much more are
relieved with myofascial release. Children with ADD, ADHD, or LD
may have myofascial restrictions elsewhere in the body which may
impact the central nervous system. The earlier the restriction is
addressed, the easier and more rapid the release.
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Trigger-point therapy is an aspect of myofascial release that treats
pain in the muscles and connective tissue through the hypersensitive spotsor trigger pointsthat
cause referred pain in response to stress. Other hands-on therapy includes acupressure,
craniosacral therapy, Feldenkraise®,
manual therapy and visceral manipulation.