Myofascial Release in Dorset

Myofascial Release at Freedom Within, Myofascial Therapy for chronic pain conditions.

Myofascial Release is a specialised soft tissue therapy that works with the connective tissue in our body called fascia. Connective tissues support, protect, and give structure to other tissues and organs in the body. 

As myofascial release grows in popularity, science and research are supporting it as the ‘missing link’ in traditional healthcare. You can read more about that here.

What is fascia?

3D male medical figure showing shoulder scaption
All the ‘white stuff’ is fascia

Fascia is a 3D soft tissue matrix which supports, protects, and infuses all other tissues and the organs of the body.

If you look at the drawing you will see lots of white tissues; that is the fascia. It also continues through the muscles right down to cellular level, so there is lots of fascia, in the drawing, that you can’t see.

“It [fascia] spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. The fascia surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ of the body, all the way down to the the cellular level.

Therefore, malfunction of the fascial system due to trauma, posture, or inflammation can create a binding down of the fascia, resulting in abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, bones, or organs.

This can create pain or malfunction throughout the body, sometimes with bizarre side effects and seemingly unrelated symptoms.” [1]
– John F Barnes

How does fascia it respond to touch?

It responds dynamically to pressure from both internal and external forces.

Myofascial RElease Dorset
Each part of the body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.

When fascia is injured, it loses the ability to respond to these forces. The fibres begin to stick to each other, losing their bounce and recoil. This results in ‘drag’ throughout the 3D facial planes.

Fascia loves slow gentle pressure! And when this 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.

Fascia in relation to scar tissue

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, underuse, injury, inflammation and scarring after surgery.

When fascia is injured…

…it heals and protects itself by laying down fibres, called scar tissue. Scar tissue formation creates abnormal strain patterns which can result in pain and tightness and decreased range of motion. This can lead to muscular imbalances causing further complications or injuries. Nerves can also become trapped in these fascial restrictions.

Myofascial Release frees restrictions within the fascial network, relieving pain and tightness and increasing range of motion.

I am also trained in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork techniques and I use specific hands-on Myofascial Release techniques which are light and gentle with the aim to re-integrate scar tissue into the three dimensional fascial web. 

Read more about how I can help you with treatment for scar tissue and adhesions >

Further reading about the treatment of scar tissue and adhesions
Myofascial Release and scar tissue >

What can you expect from Myofascial Release technique?

The MFR technique is very different to that of massaging muscles of the body.

A muscle knot can be released with a stronger pressure but fascia cannot be forced as it will naturally meet that force in return and harden in response.

We therefore use a sustained and gentle pressure, allowing the fascia to release. The slow sustained pressure used in MFR takes pressure off dehydrated areas of the body, restores fluidity and allows rehydrated tissues to glide again.

An integrated approach

Holistic massage techniques lend themselves to being adapted, blended and enhanced with the skilled touch of myofascial release.

By integrating these techniques I can offer bespoke treatments for the care of both acute and chronic pain.

Myofascial Release provides a gateway via the body (the soma) for emotional factors to be addressed and resolved. Chronic Pain Coaching and Emotional Processing can be used to dive deeper and to help you explore and address the emotional factors involved in your chronic pain.

Rehabilitation for chronic pain

Rehabilitation for chronic pain sufferers is a field of therapy and treatment which is sadly overlooked.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, myofascial rehabilitation can increase function and also increase your confidence and motivation.

Rehabilitation incorporates stretching, movement and therapy tools, such as therapy balls and foam rolls to enhance fascial tone and glide.

The mind-body connection

Myofascial Release promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain health and well being.

Effectively, this supports the understanding that the mind and body are one and the same. The body ‘remembers’ postural positions, actions and emotions without the conscious mind telling it to do so.

Your body is a repository of information which provides access to your emotions and belief systems. Supplying the central nervous system with new information (awareness) allows for biomechanical change as well as improved potential and consciousness.

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.

[1] John F Barnes, “physical therapist, lecturer, author, and the leading authority on Myofascial Release, has trained over 100,000 physicians and therapists and is considered to be an ‘icon’ and a teacher/therapist of the highest caliber” has this to say about why MFR could be the missing link in treatments; read John’s “Missing Link” article here >

Curious to know more about fascia? Dip into the publications on the Fascia Research website >

Booking and Questions

Please contact me if you would like to book an appointment or have any questions.

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