A gentle blend of stretching and massage, Myofascial Release Therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing, release and pain relief. The therapy is based on the idea that poor posture, physical injury, illness and emotional stress can throw the body out of alignment and cause its intricate web of fascia to become tight and constricted.
The skillful use of the hands in Myofascial Release Therapy is said to release disruptions in this fascial network that links every organ and tissue in the body with every other part. Pressure on the bones, muscles, joints and nerves is relieved in the process, and balance is restored. The release of tension once the body has responded to the therapy allows more functional flexibility and mobility of the muscles, fascia and associated structures. Release may also facilitate the emergence of negative or repetitive emotional patterns, which have interfered with the healing process.
Myofascial Release Therapy may be helpful for many physical problems, including:
* Back strain and general chronic or acute back pain * Lumbar and thoracic pain * Chronic cervical pain * Dizziness, vertigo
* Carpel tunnel syndrome * Fibromyalgia * Fibrositis * Headaches * Myofascial pain dysfunction * Plantar fasciitis
* Post-polio symptoms * TMJ dysfunction * Whiplash * Chronic pain syndromes
Myofascial Release treatments usually take one hour and will include a physical evaluation before the treatment itself, for which the patient will be unclothed. A series of treatments may be necessary, although relief may be obtained in one session and it is generally suitable for people of all ages.