What is Myofascial Release?
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a very effective, gentle and safe hands-on method of soft tissue mobilization, that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the subcutaneous and myofascial connective tissue. This low load sustained stretch gradually, over time, allow the myofascial tissue to elongate and relax, thus allowing increased range of motion, flexibility and decreased pain.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tension on the tissues of pressures approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
Myofascial Release allows us to reduce tightness, pain and improve flexibility.
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, so when fascia gets tight in one area of the body it will effect other areas in some way.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce intense tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive tissues like nerves that get caught by this restriction. It is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical or emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability and becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries have cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.
• Back Pain • Headaches • Whiplash • Pelvic Pain • Neck Pain • Sports Injuries • Chronic Pain • Disc Problems • Migraines • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction • Neurological Dysfunction • Fibromyalgia • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Adhesions • Carpal Tunnel • Jaw Pain (TMJ) • Painful Scars • Scoliosis • Infants/Children • Sciatica • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
In a future blog I will explain how to do self-myofascial realease, where to start and why.
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Ross Styles Celebrity Personal Trainer London