What is Myofascial Release? – Its fascianting!!
What is fascia? (pronounced fash ia). This is what we are all made of. Fascia is our connective tissue. It is a 3-dimensional, whole body system that joins us together, much like a knitted body suit. It is like a spider’s web, with no beginning or end. Fascia exists in what is known as the fourth phase of water, somewhere between liquid and solid. When it tightens through injury, surgery, stress or inflammation, it solidifies and sticks together, becoming restricted and causing pulls, strains and tensions throughout the body. In fact, fascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans etc). This can cause a variety of problems including chronic pain (anywhere in the body), restricted movement, circulatory problems and fatigue.
Myofascial release (MFR) is therefore a whole body treatment approach that releases these restrictions, eliminating the pressure and relieving symptoms. John F Barnes (JFB) is the founder of a particular whole-body approach to MFR, which is a very gentle, safe, hands-on treatment which can have profound results, both physically and emotionally. The Physiotherapist uses different hands-on techniques to enable the fascia to relax. This could be a sustained hold where the therapist exerts gentle pressure into the skin and fascia until the tissue releases. The therapist may also use distraction techniques, where your leg, arm or neck is held and gently distracted (pulled) until the tissue releases.
Because of the gentle nature of this treatment, sessions are a minimum of 1 hour. This allows the body to fully relax and release the restrictions which are causing symptoms, such as pain.
At Silver Physio we are able to provide you with an assessment of your fascial system and treatment to address the restrictions that are causing your symptoms. Contact us now on 020 3637 8988 to find out more.