Myofascial Release Treatments
Myofascial release is a gentle, hands-on, bodywork technique that works deeply into the body to ease chronic pain and restore alignment and mobility to muscles and joints.
The therapist applies a light, sustained stretch on any areas of the body where tension is felt. The intention is to release any "stuck" areas of fascia which may be responsible for causing pain and restriction throughout the body.
There are no sudden manipulations, no stripping out of the muscles, and the effects are deep and long lasting. It is also very safe.
Myofascial release benefits both sensitive clients with chronic pain conditions and those with deep tissue restrictions from injury and overuse.
For more information on fascia and it's effects on the body then take a look at the video below.
What conditions can myofascial release help with?
Myofascial release can help with most conditions but is generally indicated for clients who have tried traditional therapies without success. Identifying and releasing restrictions within the fascial system can often be the 'missing link' these clients are looking for.
Clients often present with the following symptoms:
- Localised or general body stiffness, aches or pains
- Muscle pain, weakness and tension
- Pain in arms, elbows, wrists and hands, fingers – loss of grip
- Pains in hips, legs, knees and feet, toes
- Pain to the head, face, jaw
- Inflammation and swelling
- Restricted movements
- Poor mobility
- Pain, numbness or tingling of skin
- Lifestyle and social stresses and resultant personal issues
- Digestive, stomach complaints and IBS
- Breathing difficulties including asthma
Myofascial release can also be of help if you have been told the following:
- Your lifestyle has changed because of pain?
- You have been told you have to, “live with the pain”?
- Various pain medications have not helped?
- The results of MRI’s and CAT Scans have been inconclusive?
What happens during a treatment?
During a Myofacsial Release session my role is to feel and stretch slowly into the fascial network. My intention is to feel where the fascial restrictions are and slowly and patiently move through them. Patience and working at a slow pace is needed as fascia cannot be forced and will only respond with resistance if too much pressure is applied. This means that a gentle, sustained pressure may take more than 90-120 seconds to begin to have an effect and often takes 5 minutes before the tissues begin to release and unwind.
The treatment follows an assessment of your posture, where I will observe your alignment and any restrictions. Postural assessment is an integral part of Myofacsial Release Therapy and helps us to observe changes over time from this very powerful therapy.
For the purpose of assessment, clients are asked to wear shorts and a vest top. Although this is a hands on therapy and we will be working on the skin, your dignity and comfort is paramount at all times and you will not be expected to undress or receive treatment you do not feel comfortable with. This will be discussed fully during your initial assessment.
If you have any questions, then please contact us, tell us about your condition, where we will be able to advise you on what a typical treatment session would look like for you.