Feb 29, 2012 10:35PM
Myofascial release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the body’s fascial restrictions in order to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates and supports the entire body. Its densely woven network of fibers covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone and nerve, as well as the spinal cord and all internal organs, including the heart, lungs and brain.
In a normal, healthy state, the fascia appears relaxed and wavy, and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When individuals experience physical or emotional trauma, scarring or inflammation however, the fascia can lose its pliability, becoming tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Trauma, whether resulting from a fall, auto accident, whiplash or surgery; from habitually poor posture and repetitive stress injuries; or from chronic emotional stress, has cumulative effects on the body, causing changes in the fascial system that can adversely influence bodily comfort and functions. Fascial restrictions that exert excessive pressure on nerves or muscles can cause numerous symptoms such as pain, headaches or restricted motion.
Fascial restrictions also affect flexibility and stability and are a determining factor in the body’s ability to withstand tress and perform daily activities. The goal of myofascial release therapy is to help individuals regain and maintain well-being through functional, pain-free movement.
For more information, contact a local myofasical release practitioner.
Local Myofascial Release Practitioners
Tony Hansen, Therapy on the Gulf,
824 Anchor Rode Drive, Naples;
Christina M. Mitchel, Best Body Massage,
822 Anchor Rode Drive, Naples;