Fascia Release Treatment
This specialized bodywork focuses on restoring fascia to its optimal, hydrated, healthy state to relieve pain, restore movement and range of motion, and diminish physical effects of stress by releasing soft-tissue restrictions. Your therapist will utilize a combination of therapeutic techniques, which may include: MyoFascial Release, FasciaBlasting, Direct/Indirect Technique, Muscle Energy Technique, Post Isometric Relaxation, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, CranioSacral Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, active or passive stretching, and more, depending on the session goals. Based on the needs of the client, a treatment may include the full body, the upper or lower body, or focus on a particular area, such as the neck, shoulder, or back. Employing this variety of tools and techniques lets us customize the treatment for each client, allowing us to address current concerns as well as to build on previous work. Results often include ease of pain, more freedom in movement, and decompression of the nervous system.
This treatment is beneficial for everyone and is our most recommended massage and bodywork service. It is ideal for various types and causes of chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, range of motion restrictions, scar tissue, post-surgery rehabilitation, and much more.
A single treatment can be amazingly helpful; for the best therapeutic results, however, we recommend 1-2 treatments per week for 8-12 weeks, at which time we can evaluate progress and recommend changes to your treatment plan. Consistency of treatment allows the nervous system the time it needs to calm and begin healing. Then, the body is able to change on a deep level as the muscles start to relearn how to relax and how to function in a more optimal way.
What is Fascia? And why does it need to be released?
Fascia is the amazing system of connective tissue that surrounds and permeates all other systems inside our body. It plays a substantial role in our structure and stability, in movement and flexibility, in immunology, in memory and emotions. It effects posture, range of motion, circulation, neurological responses, pain sensations. It is a continuous network of tissue that connects our entire body from the top of our head to the tips of our toes, from our skin to our fat to our muscles to our bones, from our blood vessels to our internal organs, from our brain to our spine to our nerves.
Our fascia is designed to move freely, easily rubbing back and forth against other tissues. However, when an injury or trauma occurs, the sticky fibers of fascia contract and tighten in a protective way to prevent further injury. These adhesions, when left untreated, lead to restrictions and eventually to more serious issues such as impaired movement, loss of range of motion, compensatory patterns, perpetually contracted and lengthened tissues resulting in overused and weakened muscles, and pain. For an example, take a look at thoracolumbar fascia in the low back below. The first video shows healthy, unrestricted fascia, while the second video shows injured fascia that is adhered together (scar tissue). Note the freedom of movement on the left verses the loss of function on the right.
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