What Is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Traditional medicine treats symptom, not the root cause. Traditional and alternative therapies release only the elastic and muscular component of the myofascial complex resulting in temporary changes. In John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Method restrictions are held at the barrier for 3- 5 minutes or longer. This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate, "melt" and unravel myofascial restrictions, essentially removing the "straight jacket" from the system, and open up channels of communication.
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads through the body in a three-dimensional web from head to toe without interruption. Its role is to support, stabilize and cushion. It provides a sliding and gliding environment for muscles, suspends organs in their proper place, transmits movement from muscles to the bones they are attached to, and provides a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles. Fascia also surrounds and separates every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, brain, spinal cord and organ all the way down to the cellular level. Imagine it as a three dimensional spider web or a yarn in a "sweater" that connect and influences your entire physical structure. The fascial system influences and is influenced by every other system and function in the body and is full of life, emotions, memories and consciousness. In the normal healthy state the fascia is fully open, relaxed, flexible, wavy and has the ability to stretch and move without restrictions. In this state your whole structure is aligned, balanced, mobile and able to function at its optimal capacity.
What Is Fascial Restriction?
Physical/emotional trauma, repetitive motion, poor posture, surgical procedures, scarring and inflammation dehydrates the ground substance (the fluid component of the fascial system). The fascia loses its pliability, shortens and thickens, and binds down pulling the "sweater" out of its relaxed and balanced state. These restrictions can produce pressure of up to 2000 lbs. per square inch on pain sensitive structures and act like a "straight jacket", causing your body to be out of optimal alignment, not allowing it to work properly and freely that over time causes lack of mobility, dysfunction and pain. Fascial restrictions do not show up on standard tests such as x-ray, MRI's or CAT scan.
What Is Myofascial Unwinding?
Myofascial unwinding is a spontaneous movement of the body via the mind. It is an inherent self-correcting process that helps bring bracing/holding patterns, memories, emotions or sensations into the conscious awareness and releases them. All those represent past trauma and the process allows the body mind and nervous system to learn, shift and to heal enabling integration and wholeness. Myofascial unwinding is a wonderful way for the body-mind complex to face and correct itself and create space for healthier and positive changes.
Benefits Of Myofascial Unwinding
Improved structural and postural alignment
Increased flexibility and strength
Increased body awareness
Increased ease of movement
Enhanced quality of life
Feeling more balanced physically, emotionally and mentally
Our Goal is to Help you Return to a Pain Free, Active Lifestyle!
- Back Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Neck Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Chronic Pain
- Disc Problems
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Neurological Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
- Painful Scars
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Women's Health Issues
Hands On Treatment
Each Myofascial treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils or creams. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
What You Can Feel After The Treatment?
Myofascial release is different from other types of bodywork that you may have experienced. Because it addresses restrictions and habitual patterns deep within the fascial system of the body, the treatment does not end once you get up off the treatment table. Your fascial system may continue to unravel and release for hours or even days after your leave. This is normal. Continue to tune into your body. You may feel exhilarated or energized, calm and quiet, relaxed or exhausted, moody and emotional, or anywhere in between. I encourage you to listen to your body and flow with whatever is coming up. Be gentle with yourself. Most people feel better immediately, although some may feel sore or temporarily stirred up. This is called the healing crisis. In other words, you may get worse before you get better. AIl restrictions are released, your body may be shifting its alignment, so you may feel achy in unfamiliar areas. In rare instances, you may experience soreness all over. This may be your body asking for more attention as deeper layers of restrictions are uncovered. Gently stretch these areas. In most cases, soreness will dissipate within a couple of days and then you will feel freer within your body. It's best to drink lots of water. After treatment it is important to re-hydrate and flush toxins out of areas that were restricted. Healing is not an event. It is a process. Your restrictions did not show up overnight. Myofascial release is an authentic healing approach that can help you reduce pain, enhance inner tranquility, and improve the quality of your life.
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