Injury to the fascia is a major cause of chronic pain and restricted motion.
Fascia is the connective tissue that runs throughout your body, literally connecting you from head to toe. It’s a dense, elastic web that supports, connects, and separates your bones, organs, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. It acts as your body’s shock absorber and it helps to turn muscle contractions into movement.
Your fascia is the body’s great compensator, helping it to continue to move and function as it accumulates traumas – big and small – from injuries, illnesses, repetitive movements, and other everyday events.
Trauma to one area can cause pain in another.
With impact injuries – like a fall, a full-body hit in a game, or a car accident – the fascia acts as a shock absorber, distributing the force of the impact throughout your body. While this is a good thing, it also means that an injury to one part of your body can cause a “ripple effect” that you feel as pain elsewhere.
With other kinds of trauma, the fascia acts as a compensator, allowing new ways of moving, for example, to avoid pain. But as it stretches or tightens, it affects all of the interconnected structures in its web, meaning that – once again – trauma to one part of your body can be a source of pain or chronic irritation elsewhere.
This explains why a hard backwards fall onto your pelvis, for example, might initially cause pain in your lower back, but show up later as an upper back or neck problem. The fascial connections in your back have been injured and they need to be treated in order to relieve the source of your pain.
Myofascial Release repairs fascia and relieves pain.
Myofascial Release Therapy is a gentle hands-on treatment that gradually softens, lengthens, and realigns your fascia to promote healing and relieve pain. It’s an effective treatment for unexplained spinal, muscle and joint pain, and other complex conditions with multiple symptoms of pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial Release can help treat a range of conditions, including:
- Acute sprains and strains
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic shoulder and hip restrictions
- Complex conditions that have not responded to other treatments
- Recurring injuries
- Poor posture and flexibility
- Breathing difficulties
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
How does it work?
Trained Myofascial Release therapists use a combination of body positioning, hand placement and gentle pressure to soften and lengthen your fascia.
Stretches may be held for one to two minutes – sometimes longer – before you feel a softening or “release”, which indicates that your tissue is relaxing, restrictions are slowly breaking down, or that your fascia has been realigned to its proper orientation. When your fascia has been impeding blood vessels or nerves, your circulation and nervous system transmission are also improved.
The process is repeated until the tissues are fully elongated, the pain is relieved and your body begins to heal and move more efficiently.
Myofascial Release is much gentler than massage therapy, and it works on a broader swath of muscles and connective tissue. The movements have been likened to kneading a piece of taffy – a gentle stretching that gradually softens, lengthens, and realigns the fascia.
I had severe back pain after a car accident and my treatments at the clinic were the only thing that brought relief. Since then, Bob Fong and the team at Jericho have helped me recover from a ruptured disk in my neck from a snowboarding fall, marathon-induced Achilles injuries, chest pain, tendonitis and more.
When I’ve been in really rough shape and needed a more full-body approach, Bob brought in David Bailey to assist in the treatment. Based on their manipulations, I was able to get much-needed relief.Sandra, Vancouver
We blend methods for effective, personalized treatment…
The experienced therapists at Jericho Physio often combine Myofascial Release with other fascia-focused treatment methods, such as Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation, so that they can get to the source of your problem and relieve your symptoms in every affected area.
…and can use multiple-hands therapy for complex conditions.
For more complex chronic pain patterns, we offer multiple-hands therapy sessions – affectionately known at Jericho as “tag team physio” – in which two physiotherapists work together during the treatment session to treat longer lines of fascial restrictions in your body, (multiple, related restrictions in your fascial network that are caused by a continuous line of tension).
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