So What is Fascia?
The fascial system is a connective tissue that looks like a spider web, which surrounds our muscles, bones, down to every cell in our body. This is why it is known as a whole body system.
When our fascial system gets a restriction, which can be caused by inflammation, trauma and surgery, it holds about 2,000 pounds of pressure. Being a whole body system means that the restriction is not just in that one area but the other systems around it are also being compromised.
It's like getting a run in a pair of panty hose; the run is the restriction and the surrounding threads are the muscles, nerves, cells etc. Right where the run is you will see all the other fibers reaching towards the area in response to the trauma or what caused the tear.
Unfortunately restrictions cannot be seen through X-rays, MRI’s and CAT scans so discovering fascial restrictions is assessed through a technique called Myofascial Release.
Myofascial Release is a gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions which are accessed through visual analysis and tissue texture.
This technique is often described as three dimensional because the system has no defined direction. It may twist, turn, and spiral which can compress on the nerves, blood supplies and put unnecessary pressure on structures resulting in pain.
Myofascial Release is a gentle modality that can be used to help with:
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