Fibromyalgia pain is caused when the fascia becomes inflamed and stuck. The Fascia or connective tissue is a 3D web that surrounds and supports every cell, nerve, organ, muscle, and bone in your body. When the Fascia becomes restricted, it becomes dehydrated. It tangles and glues everything down and causing a loss in range of motion and mobility, which can cause the fascia to put a lot of pressure and force on underlying structures (internal organs, muscle and bone).
Fascia also has a gigantic effect on our nervous system. The fascia contracts throughout the entire body when the nervous system is in fight-or-flight to keep us safe. fibromyalgia in terms is being in a chronic state of fight-or-flight. Leaving the fascia in a perpetual state of constriction, which leads to pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial Release Approach (MFR) can help reduce fibromyalgia pain.
Myofascial Release applies gentle, sustained pressure into the fascia/connective tissues restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. By going slowly and waiting for the body soften and relax the fascia responds by elongating, rehydrating, and reorganizing.
Myofascial Release is a hands-on treatment performed on the skin with no oils or creams. The gentle pressure between the therapist’s hands and the patient’s skin is what allows access to the fascia in a way that the gliding effect of traditional massage cannot. By following the unique lines of restrictions in each patient’s body, the therapist can reach deeply into the tissues and uncover significant restrictions.
Myofascial Release is also something that you can learn to do at home on yourself.
Compared to other forms of bodywork, myofascial release is very gentle and slow. Generally speaking, traditional massage and physical therapy techniques can hurt people with chronic pain because often the therapists are trying to force through fascial restrictions, and the patient’s body reflexively tenses and causes a flare. Myofascial Release never forces, but rather gently waits for the body to release restrictions on its own schedule.
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