Myofascial Release TechniquesThe fascia is a structural web of connective tissue that weaves throughout the body to support, connect and protect
The fascia is a dense connective tissue that touches and connects every structure in our body – it is a web that stabilises, supports and protects the organ systems.
MFT – Myofascial Release Techniques
What is Fascia?
The fascia is a web-like tissue which runs three-dimensionally all over the body. The fascia surrounds and supports all the cells, nerves, organs, muscles and bones in the body. At the time when the fascia is restricted, it dehydrates and changes to a glue-like substance. Not only does it lose its mobility, but it can also put high tension on the underlying structures. This tension can give birth to pain when applied directly into structures that are sensitive to pain.
In addition to this, it can lower the range of movement in joints, resulting in muscle pain, and fatigue when the muscles have to work against the tight fascia, and can also cause bizarre, seemingly unrelated symptoms when fascia entraps nerves.
Fascia is a connective tissue that contains various amounts of fat that separate, support, and interconnect the organs and structures, allows movement of one structure in relation to the other and allows passage of vessels and nerve from one area to another. The fascia is divided into different layers, which are the superficial fascia and the deep fascia.
What happens in a Core Myofascial Release treatment?
The Core Myofascial Release techniques aim to release tension or pressure of fascial restrictive patterns in order to regain normal range of motion, remove trigger points and restore optimal body function. Fascia determines the length and the function of its muscular component and permits the body to retain normal shape and to maintain organs in their correct position.
Just like in a massage treatment you will be treated with slow movements and pressure. This treatment gives focus to the fascia and any work on the fascia is a slow application of pressure which is applied and held when there is resistance or restriction until the tissue unwinds and releases. This deep pressure can be applied to all the body structures just like in a regular massage therapy. However, your therapist will mostly treat the areas of restriction and those impacted by the restrictions as the application of the therapy requires time to apply pressure, to hold the pressure, to wait for the unwinding and the release. When the tissue releases, the area can once again become well circulated and nourished, the fascia can become more fluid and is able to adopt a new form and shape, i.e. release the stiffness and holding pattern that was adopted and that restricted and caused pain.
Core Myofascial Release treatments are most useful for acute and chronic pain, poor posture, headaches, recurring injuries and movement dis-function. The treatment will leave you feel relaxed as it works within your pain threshold, not above it. The essence is: Be patient and do not try to force a release – allow for the unwinding to unfold!