Trauma and inflammatory responses create myofascial restrictions which can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures. These restrictions are not found in any of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
Fascia surrounds and attaches to all structures in the body and it supports our muscles as well. Fascia is relaxed and wavy when it is healthy and normal. It stretches and moves without restriction and that is when we feel at our best. Scarring, inflammation, physical and/or emotional trauma are all examples of why the fascia loses its flexibility. It becomes a source of tension and restriction in the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery, car accident or repetitive stress injuries can be responsible for and ever-increasing accumulation of effects on the body. The function and comfort of our bodies depend on a flexible fascial system.
All traumas affect the fascial system in a negative way. Fascial restriction affect our stability and the way we move. They also determine our ability to perform daily activities and how we withstand stress. Everything in our bodies is connected by the fascial system. Accordingly, if one area is very tight and restricted it will drag the surrounding areas of fascia (which surrounds every muscle) into the tension. That is why we have compensation patterns of muscles being recruited to do a job that they were not designed to do. Fatigue and new pain patterns can result from these compensation patterns producing more problems and tension over time.
This enormous pressure acts like a “straight jacket” on muscles, blood vessels, nerves and osseous structures (bone tissue) producing numerous symptoms of pain, headaches and restriction of motion.
Myofascial release stimulates the production of Interleukin 8 which is our body’s own natural anti-inflammatory thereby allowing the body’s natural healing capacity to function properly.
This work is gentle . . . for the most part . . . . and highly effective.