Looking for myofascial release therapy in the Solihull and Birmingham area? If so, Galini Therapies has you covered. Continue reading for more information or alternatively you can email [email protected] or call 07957 881 437 to claim a free consultation.
What Is Myofascial?
It derives from the Greek word Myo meaning muscle and fascia meaning band.
The fascia network is 3 dimensional, that extends from the top of the head to the toes and supports muscles, bones and all surrounding parts of the internal body organs. It can resemble like a spiders web.
It consists of collagen and elastin fibres and surrounded by fluid called ground substance.
While providing strong support for muscles, it also allows adequate flexibility.
When healthy, this tissue is relaxed and soft and has the ability to stretch and move and pliable. However, it can become tight, rigid and movement can be restricted when it experiences trauma and inflammation to the tissue. This can then lead to trigger points, causing chronic pain and discomfort anywhere in the body.
Muscle spasms, reduced flexibility, headaches and back pain may be due to the tissue being in a stressed and hardened state. Also poor postural habits and emotional trauma can result in the fascia hardening and losing its pliability.
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
This hands on manual therapy although not new, is relatively unknown even to experienced therapists in the field of bodywork therapy.
It focusses on the soft tissue pain, tension, dysfunction and negative holding patterns. It is a treatment which uses gentle sustained pressure and different to that of a regular massage.
The benefits are similar to massage but in addition targets imbalances within the fascia network.
‘Find the pain and look elsewhere for the cause’ John F Barnes pioneer for Myofascial Release.
What Are The Benefits
Here are some conditions Myofascial Release Therapy can help to relieve:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Sports Injuries
- Physical Stress
- Psychological Stress
- Frozen Shoulder
- Postural Irregularities
- Planta Facitis
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Jaw Pain
- Poor Posture
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Disc Problems
- Neurological Dysfunction
What Can I Expect From My Appointment?
The therapist works with intention and focus, tuning into the client’s body and waiting patiently for the restrictions in the fascia to release. It then becomes re-hydrated and able to restore its flexibility and regain its healthy state. It’s important for the therapist to be ‘body conscious’ watching how the client’s body is responding.
Time is also an important factor and the release can not be forced, as the fascia will then react by responding with meeting that force in return. Hence the therapist has to wait patiently during each sustained and gentle pressure, working through each fascia restriction. It’s gentle techniques can be relaxing as well as targeting pain affected areas.