Myofascial Release is a safe and effective technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
When fascia is healthy and in its "normal" state it is a beautiful functional blend of stability and flexibility. The fascia (connective tissue) is a flexible system that holds everything in place and in correct tension.
Fascia surrounds every single cell of the body. The fascial system is one continuous, uninterrupted three-dimensional web-like structure, all the way from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet.
However, when fascia is damaged thru trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures it changes and its function becomes impaired. The fascia becomes dehydrated, dense and less mobile. If you can imagine the difference between Filet Mignon and Beef Jerky, then you get the idea.
Restrictions in the fascia cause disruptions in the balance of the body and its ability to function properly.
It is speculated that fascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures. Think about it.... 2,000 pounds is the weight of a horse.
Fascial restrictions can slowly spread throughout the body, causing pain, restricting motion and creating dysfunction in many seemingly unrelated areas.
Fascial restrictions create areas of tension in the body. Those forces then pull on the entire web and create a full body pattern of tension. You can see how restriction in the knee pulls up into the pelvis, and restriction in the shoulder pulls through the chest and down into the belly. In a living person, this tension can extend throughout the entire body! It is so strong that it can pull bones out of alignment, pull them together and compress painful joints, distort or compress internal organs, blood vessels and nerves, cause headaches, limit flexibility and movement and generally cause a lot of unnecessary pain!
Release is a safe, gentle and extremely effective hands-on therapy
which uses specialized stretching, compression, and cranial techniques
to eliminate pain, restore movement and function, and relieve both
physical and emotional stress.
Developed by physical therapist John F Barnes over 40 years ago, it has helped countless people around the world enjoy more active, pain-free lives.
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