by: Monica Balbo – Massage therapist
Fascia is a specialised system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web. 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, like the yarn in a sweater.
Myofascial pain can have two sources. Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are 'bound down' by tight fascia. And can also be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a 'trigger point' where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred. In either case, the restriction or contraction inhibits blood flow to the affected structures.
The goal of Myofascial release (MFR) therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia releasing muscular shortness and tightness so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely, and the patient's motion is restored. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that myofascial release therapy addresses: many patients seek myofascial treatment after losing flexibility or function following an injury or if experiencing ongoing pain in any area containing soft tissue.
Some other conditions treated by myofascial release therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, back neck and shoulder pain and some patients with fibromyalgia and migraine headaches also benefit.
Myofascial therapy can also enhance or assist other treatments to increase their effectiveness such as acupuncture, manipulation, physical therapy or lymphatic drainage. Myofascial release therapy can also improve skeletal and muscular alignment prior to a surgery, or help athletes achieve better alignment prior to sports competitions.
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