Myofascial Release at Freedom Within, Specialist Massage and Myofascial Therapy for injury, chronic conditions and pain management.
Myofascial Release is a specialised soft tissue therapy that works with the connective tissue in our body called fascia. As myofascial release grows in popularity, science and research are supporting it as the ‘missing link’ in traditional healthcare.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a 3D soft tissue matrix which supports, protects, and infuses every other tissue and the organs of the body. It responds dynamically to pressure from both internal and external forces imposed on it.
When injured, fascia loses its ability to respond to these forces and its fibres begin to adhere to each other, losing their bounce and recoil, creating a drag throughout its 3D planes.
When slow gentle pressure is applied to the body using fascial release techniques, this 3D matrix responds in a natural and intuitive way by releasing and reorganising itself throughout the body.
In its normal healthy state, fascia is relaxed, soft and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. However fascia can become thickened, or “bound down”. This can happen because of overuse, injury, inflammation, scarring after surgery or just habitual poor posture.
When fascia is injured, it heals and protects itself by laying down fibers, called scar tissue. Scar tissue formation creates abnormal strain patterns resulting in pain and tightness and decreased range of motion. This can lead to muscular imbalances causing further complications or injuries. Neural and vascular structures can also become trapped in these fascial restrictions resulting in neurological or ischemic conditions.
Myofascial Release frees restrictions within the fascial network. Myofascial techniques work through fascial adhesions in order to relieve pain, tightness, increase range of motion, as well as providing re-alignment and balance throughout the body.
What Can you Expect?
The MFR technique is very different to that of massaging muscles of the body. A time component exists, coupled with the fluidity of the therapists hands, in applying pressure and moving though each and every fascial restriction. The time element is a vital factor, the fascia cannot be forced as it will naturally meet that force in return. Hence a sustained, gentle, pressure is applied, allowing the fascia to elongate naturally and return to it’s normal resting length.
Neurofascial release (NFR) is an exciting new therapy in the fascial field where gentle sustained myofascial techniques are combined with specific isometric fascial loading through a variety of movement patterns facilitated by the therapist. These movements will enhance proprioceptive awareness, provide greater muscular control and permit a smoother and more pain-free pain range of movement.
Muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release and myofascial trigger point therapy are valuable tools and, whilst these techniques are techniques in their own right, they lend themselves to being adapted, blended and enhanced with the skilled touch of myofascial release. By integrating these with advanced fascial techniques I can offer a diversity of fascial approaches and the ability to give bespoke treatments for the care of both acute and chronic pain.
Rehabilitation for chronic pain sufferers is a field of therapy and treatment which is sadly overlooked. Myofascial rehabilitation for these clients can increase not only function but also increase confidence and motivation. Rehabilitation can commence in the early stages of the myofascial treatment session incorporating myofascial stretching, therapy tools, such as foam rolls and exercise bands, and a variety of both free form and controlled movements to enhance fascial tone and fascial glide.
Myofascial Release, like many complimentary therapies, promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health. Effectively this supports the understanding that the mind and body are one and the same. The body has the ability to remember postural positions, actions and emotions without the brain reminding it to do so. Throughout the body’s fascial system flow microscopic cells containing energy which have the ability to retain memory. Sometimes memories can become locked into the fascial system and manifest themselves in physical pain. With the help of MFR the physical and emotional content of any injury, literal or symbolic, can be addressed in a safe and gentle way. MFR treats the injury at source allowing you to heal at the deepest level.
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