What is Myofascial release?
Everything in our bodies is contained and connected by fascia and/or connective tissue. We have more connective tissue in our bodies than anything else. Think of your body like a Jello mold with fruit in it. Your muscles, nerves, blood vessels, organs, etc, are the fruit. Your fascia is the Jello. It is our fascia that gives us our shape and posture, and limits range of motion. This fascia thickens and sticks together in areas of injury, strain, and inflammation. These adhesions are what we commonly refer to as "knots". This then leads to poor posture and chronic pain and inflammation. When you apply pressure to and/or stretch fascia it liquifies allowing your body to return to a more natural, pain free alignment, increasing range of motion and circulation while decreasing pressure on joints and nerves leading to less overall discomfort.
Fascial adhesions, also known as scar tissue adhesions (or fibrous adhesions, or more simply adhesions), are composed of fibrous fascia collagen fibers. These collagen fibers are the same substance that makes up tendons, ligaments, and other fibrous fascial tissues. Although adhesions are normally thought to be deposited in sites of trauma (i.e., scar tissue), they are in fact deposited continuously between the soft tissues of the body. These fibers increase the stability of the tissues by binding/connecting the tissues together. However, if adhesions buildup excessively, they may bind together the two opposing surfaces of a soft tissue interface, which should slide along one another when movement is needed, resulting in restricted mobility. In a client with an active lifestyle, these fibers do not get the chance to buildup as much because as the client’s body moves, adhesions that have formed are broken up and resorbed. However, a sedentary lifestyle encourages adhesions to buildup progressively until mobility is greatly restricted. Although adhesions do not actually cause an increase in the baseline resting tone contraction level of a muscle, they do add to the muscle’s tightness by decreasing the muscles’ ability to stretch and lengthen. If a muscle cannot lengthen, then it cannot allow movements of the body performed by the antagonists to that muscle.
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Massage can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Massage is not a luxury, it's medicine. Consider body work appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
The Benefits Of Massage
An experienced massage therapist can:
• Alleviate Pain
• Increase flexibility
• Relieve migraine and tension headache pain
• Reduce spasms and cramping
• Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
• Lessen depression and anxiety symptoms
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
• Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
• Release endorphins that work as the body's natural painkiller
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
• Ease pain medication dependence
Whole Body Health
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related; Perhaps nothing ages us faster than high stress.
Massage has been clinically proven to:
• Decrease anxiety
• Enhance sleep quality.
• Increase energy.
• Improve concentration.
• Increase circulation.
• Reduce fatigue.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage.