What is Myofascial Release?
presented by Tia Ramos RMT
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained
pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial
system (or connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body
that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater.
Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle,
bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including
the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the
fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is
actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption.
In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected
to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it
surrounds and attaches to all structures. These structures would not be able
to provide the stability without the constant pull of the fascial system.
In fact, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which cannot support the
structure without the constant support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep
an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright
with proper equilibrium.
In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration.
It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience
physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its
pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest
of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor
posture over time and repetitive stress injuries has a cumulative effects.
The changes they cause in the fascial system influence comfort and the functioning
of our body. The fascia can exert excessive pressure producing pain or restriction
of motion. They affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining
factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain.
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique
individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during
which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and
movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body
mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility,
and postural and movement awareness.