MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPYMyo which means muscle and fascia which means “band” or “bundle” in Latin, surrounds, connects and supports muscles, organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and other structures of the body.
WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY?
Myofascial release is a technique used to restore mobility to restricted structures. This releases tension in the muscles and connective tissue allowing the muscles to work more efficiently and allowing chronic patterns of dysfunction to move more freely.
WHY FASCIA REQUIRES SPECIAL ATTENTION
70% of the body’s volume is made of the fascial, running from plantar of foot up to the scalp. Similar to the membrane around each section of an orange, fascia both separates and connects body parts at the same time, so it makes sense the fascia needs special attention. Many factors in our daily life, including poor postural habits, stress-induced muscular tension, limited movement, injury, trauma, infammatory responses, surgical procedures, and dehydration, can cause velcro-like adhesions to form within the fascia. This causes the muscles to stick together, making them stubborn and resulting in restricted movement. As Fascia contains nerves, these tissues also serve as a layer of protection and body awareness.
By using pinpointed release techniques we can help the fascial repair process by freeing up the tissues and increasing the range of motion.
I highly recommend looking at the video on You Tube below. It explains and illustrates what myofascial connective tissue is. Be warned, it looks a bit ‘gory’ as there is some dissection going on!
WHAT CAN MYOFACIAL RELEASE HELP YOU WITH?
Ilio-tibial tract (IT band)
Tight hamstrings, calves, quads, adductors, abductors
Tibialis anterior (shin splints)
Great for runners, cyclists, sporty people
People suffering with chronic or ongoing pain
For neck, back, shoulder problems
Rotator cuff and pectoralis muscles
Main posture muscles