Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on therapy that has been used successfully for over a hundred years to treat difficult and recurring injuries and pain. Myofascia, pronounced “my o faashaa”, is the dense tough tissue that surrounds and covers all your muscles and bones. This outer covering, called fascia is very strong and very flexible. In fact is has the tensile strength of over 2000lbs. In the normal healthy state the Myofascia is relaxed and soft. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma or inflammation the Myofascia loses is pliability. It can become tight, restricted and a source of tension throughout the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall whiplash, surgery or habitual poor posture has a cumulative effect over time. Myofascial adhesions occur when two structures that should glide freely over each other become adhered through fibrous adhesions. Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of Myofascial Release is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and myofascia and restore good posture.
The Session or Treatment
In the treatment pressure is adjusted to the person being treated. Also, one area of a person’s body might need different pressure than another area. It is not a protocol or standard. It is done with conscious touch by the therapist who is aware of how the client’s body is responding to the pressure. It is obvious when too much pressure is applied to the person because the person’s body shuts down. Once it shuts down, release can’t really occur so it’s pointless to force.
I have heard from clients many times that even though an area I am working on is tender, slightly painful, or sore, it feels good. It feels like it is the right pressure instead of the wrong pressure that feels invasive. There is a difference between therapeutic pain and pain that feels injurious. A person’s experience of sensations during treatment can be subtle or moderate, yet they are not bracing against the pressure. Usually if you are bracing or fighting the pressure of any person’s touch, it means it’s too much pressure for you. Also in the session it’s about communication between client and therapist. I encourage each client to tell me if a pressure feels “too much” so I can ease up. Sometimes the pressure is extremely light, sometimes deep. All sensation is unique to the person on the table.
This is lotion/oil free work. Contact in the session needs to be directly on your skin without sliding, and any lotion interferes with that, even if it was applied hours ago. We need to engage into the underlying fascia, not just slide over the skin.
A Myofascial Release session typically is for an hour and occasionally one and a half hours.
During treatment once I place my hands in an area and start a technique, fascia takes 2 minutes to just begin to release. Then once it begins I want to allow it to continue to release for a few more minutes. That’s why I spend a minimum of 5 minutes in an area. Just remember that since fascia is a continuous web, treating one area treats the whole. Many times clients will feel sensations in other areas of their body while I’m treating one area because of tension in the fascia web.
Comfort is of utmost importance, and since skin contact is essential, on the table you will be fully covered, and draped as in any other massage treatment. For initial assessment being in shorts and for women also a sports bra, tank or two piece bathing suit allows for assessment to be easier. I need to take a look at you standing so I can see where your body is being pulled out of natural alignment or off center from tightness. If you are fully dressed, it is impossible to get an accurate view of what’s going on. Occasionally for re-assessment on follow-up sessions I may ask you to bring shorts etc.
Here are a few of the many pain and dysfunction-type disorders that respond well to Myofascial Release:
|Fibromyalgia||TMJ Problems||Chronic Fatigue Syndrome|
|Acute and Chronic Pain||Back Pain||Sacral/Coccygeal Dysfunction|
|Neck Pain||Sports Injuries||Pelvic and Menstrual Problems|
|Carpal Tunnel Syndrome||Unresolved Scar- Tissue Pain||Postural Issues|
|Arthritis||Disc Problems||Eye Pain & Eye Tracking/Reading Problems|
|Repetitive Strain Injuries||Myofascial Pain Syndrome||Esophageal Reflux|
|Post-Surgical Dysfunction||Pediatric Disorders||Scar- Tissue Restrictions and Tightness|
|Migraines||Restriction of Motion|