Myofascial Release treats the whole person. Muscular pain patterns can refer pain from a primary locus of injury to other parts of the body, especially if the problems become chronic. For example, we might feel pain in the neck that could be a compensation pattern from imbalances in the pelvis or legs. Each of the areas of pain may need to be addressed but if we don’t treat the underlying problem, we may get only temporary relief.
Myofascial Release is a whole-body technique used to address connective tissue restrictions affecting nerves, blood supply, lymph and fluid flow and muscles within the body. Gentle, sustained pressure is applied directly on the skin, without oils or gels, for a minimum of 2 minutes which allows the restricted area to reorganize and lengthen.
Myofascial release techniques are the core of our treatment.
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The Fascial System & Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release addresses the fascial system which is an extensive connective tissue system that spreads throughout the body in a continuous, three-dimensional web from head to foot. Trauma, poor posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excess pressure on nerves, muscle, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs. Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, MRI’s and CAT scans do not show the fascial restrictions, it is believed that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique that facilitates a stretch into restricted soft tissue by placing low-grade sustained pressure into restricted tissue barrier. After 90-120 seconds, the tissue will undergo histological length changes, allowing the first release to be felt. The therapist follows the release into a new tissue barrier and holds again until a second release is felt. After a series of releases occur, the tissue will become soft and pliable, taking pressure off pain sensitive tissue and restoring alignment and mobility. By elongating the fascial system, we can restore the efficiency of the neuromuscular elements and proper mechanical length of the connective tissues, thereby restoring the natural abilities of coordination, strength, power and unrestricted motion to our bodies.
In most musculoskeletal conditions, Myofascial Release has proven to be one of the most effective manual therapy techniques for long term reduction of pain.
For additional information regarding Myofascial Release Techniques or John Barnes, visit www.myofascialrelease.com.
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