A Different Kind of Deep Tissue Massage
WHAT IS FASCIA? Fascia are layers of fibrous connective tissue that permeates the entire body, surrounding muscles, groups of muscles, vessels and nerves, organs and endocrines, securing these structures in the same manner as plastic wrap holds the contents of a sandwich together.
WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL RESTRICTION? Injuries caused by a healthy work out, an accident, or a surgical intervention are repaired, not regenerated. The nature of scar tissue is similar to fascia in that it is highly fibrous and disorganized and therefore the repair quickly binds with the fascia connected to skin, other muscles, tendon, ligament, bone, organ, etc — essentially whatever it can grab onto to support the repair. This means that the repaired muscle has lost some independence because of this restriction and must now not only perform its intended action, but also drag along all the structures it is now anchored to creating postural and biomechanical changes, weakness, a lack of endurance, and above all, pain.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE – QUICK ANALOGY: Imagine we load a box with hexagonal HB pencils while the yellow paint is still wet. When the paint dries, all of the pencils will be stuck together and completely un-usable. If we break these pencils apart, we will be able to utilize them to their fullest potential even though the paint may not be as pretty or shiny as it once may have been. This is what Myofascial Release therapists effectively do by stretching and moving tissues with the hands to release inappropriate adhesions within the structure and reorganize the chaotic fibres into a healthy scar, free from inappropriate restrictions. Successful release often leads to postural correction, greater endurance, ease in strength training, and relief from pain.
Also see additional modality, “Myofascial Cupping“.