MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Myofascial release is an exciting new technique involving work with the connective tissue that holds the entire body together to release restrictions which cause referred pain and dysfunctions elsewhere in the body.  "Myo" means muscle and "fascia" means band.  The connective tissue or what is known as the fascial matrix is made up of three layers.  The top two are elastin and collagen and the bottom is known as "ground substance".  Ground substance is an interstitial fluid which should be gelatinous in consistency.  It can become like concrete as a result of accidents, injuries, poor posture or repetitive strain or as a result of emotional trauma, stresses and tension held within the body.  Myofascial release is a technique whereby the therapist applies a gentle sustained pressure to various parts of the body to release these restrictions, the pressure has to be held for 5 minutes or more for each hand position to be effective.  Not much pressure needs to be used for the technique to be effective and no pain needs to be caused to the client.  Too much pressure on a muscle or tissue tends to be counterproductive because it causes a response in the form of a spasm or contraction in the tissue so that it "fights back" against the pressure being applied.  A slow, gentle release is what is required and it requires a refined "touch" and a "feel" for what's happening with the tissue underneath for the treatment to be beneficial.  It is not a massage and no oils are used. It can be beneficial in the treatment of injuries as a result of accidents such as whiplash injuries: lower back pain, shoulder and neck pain, sciatica, disc problems, hip pain, frozen shoulders, supraspinatus tendonitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, sciolosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, M.E., bladder problems, bursitis, trigeminal neuralgia, chronic pain, emotional trauma, TMJ syndrome and so on.  MFR decreases tightness in the tissues to alleviate pressure, decrease pain and restore motion and flexibility.