You’ve probably heard the term Myofascial release and about this new amazing organ in the body called the fascia. Funny thing is the fascia has been there the whole time. You’re probably wondering exactly what both of these things are. And if you search the internet about myofascial release you’re probably feeling a little lost because it has become the new buzzword to get people into a massage therapy office. Myofascial release definitely not massages and vice a versa.
How was the massage different from myofascial release?
A typical massage involves needing or rubbing motions on the skin usually with the use of oil or lotion making it easier for your therapist to glide their hands over your skin. This can be very relaxing while you’re on the table and maybe for a day after your massage, but once you step back out into the real world and are bombarded by stressors all that hard work that your massage therapist has applied seems to be undone.
Myofascial release a place to stay and pressure without oil or lotion on different areas of the body to create sustained change within the fascia/connective tissue. This change is usually an increase of range of motion decrease in pain and stress as well as an overall sense of well-being and balance.
So why is the fascia is so important to treat and what exactly does it do?
It incases every part of your internal being, keeping them separate and allowing them to slide easily with your movements. It connects your organs to your ribs to your muscles and all your bones to each other. It structures your insides in a feat of engineering, balancing stressors and counter-stressors to create a mobile, flexible and resilient you. It generally keeps you from being a blobby sack of bones.
Fascia contracts, feels and impacts the way we move. It is our greatest sense organ, with the ability to contract independently of the muscles it surrounds and it responds to stress without conscious command. That’s a big deal. It means that fascia is impacting your movements, for better or worse.
When fascia is healthy it is smooth and supple and glides easily, allowing you to move and stretch to your full length in any direction, always returning back to its normal state. Unfortunately, physical and emotional trauma, everyday stress, surgeries, and scar tissue cause our fascia to become stuck or even solidify. When this happens it has an impact on our entire being (our range of motion, our emotions, our immune system, our physical body)
But there’s great news! Most of the trauma you’ve caused your fascia can be treated. Myofascial release reaches down to the cellular level. Yes, Fascia is even found in the tiniest most simple parts of our bodies! When we can change things down onto a cellular level we are creating longer-lasting change or even sustained. When we are able to treat so deeply we have profound shift and stress levels and in our overall well-being.
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