The fascial system surrounds, infuses with, and has the potential to influence profoundly every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, organ, and cell of the body. Fascia also separates, supports, connects, and protects everything. Restrictions in the fascia can create pain or malfunction throughout the body, sometimes with bizarre effects and seemingly unrelated symptoms that do not always follow the dermatomal zones. It is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain, lack of motion, or both may have facial problems.
Myofacscial release is a whole-body, hands-on approach for the evaluation and treatment of the human structure with its focus on the fascial system. Physical trauma, an inflammatory or infectious process, or structural imbalance from dental malocclusion, osseous restriction, leg length discrepancy, and pelvic rotation all may create inappropriate fascial strain. Gentle traction forces applied to the fascial restrictions will elicit heat, a vasomotor response that increases blood flow to the affected area, enhance lymphatic drainage of metabolic waste, realign fascial planes, and most important, resets the soft tissue proprioceptive sensory mechanism which then reprograms the central nervous system, enabling a normal functional range of motion without eliciting the old pain pattern.
The goal is to remove fascial restrictions and restore the body’s equilibrium. When the structure has returned to a balanced state, it is realigned with gravity. When these aims have been accomplished, the body’s inherent ability to self-correct returns, thus restoring optimum function and performance with the least amount of energy expenditure.
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