Myofascial Release in NW Calgary: RHC
What is myofascial release, you might ask? To understand it, we first need to know what fascia is and what role it plays in the extremely complex and intricate system we call the human body.
Fascia, the “Great Compensator”
The connective tissue that runs throughout your body is called fascia. If you were to open your body up, you would find this tissue from head to toe. It’s kind of like an elastic web that acts as a support brace for your muscles, bones, organs, blood vessels and nerves, keeping them all in place while holding them together at the same time.
Your fascia helps to create movement when your nervous system sends signals to your muscles, telling them to contract accordingly. Also, when your body experiences stress, your fascia acts somewhat as a shock absorber.
In other words, your fascia plays an important role in absorbing stresses you may experience daily and determines how much your body can handle before reaching a tipping point. Some call it your body’s “great compensator,” because it helps your body to continue functioning despite injury or illness caused by everyday events.
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Injured Fascia Causes Pain Elsewhere
If you experienced an impact injury – like a body-check from hockey that caused bruising – your fascia acts as a sponge, absorbing the blunt-force of the hit and dissipating it throughout your body. As a result, injury to fascia in one part of your body can result in pain elsewhere. This is also known as the “ripple effect.”
If you experienced a strain injury – like a ligament sprain from football – your fascia is the one that will compensate for the injury. Once again, your body’s “great compensator” will tighten or loosen to avoid pain, and in this process, affect other interconnected soft tissues as well. Therefore, a strain injury in one part of your body may cause a ligament or muscle to loosen or tighten somewhere else.
A good example of this is when your ribcage is misaligned, which can sometimes cause pain in your shoulder or neck. In this case, injured fascial connections need to be treated to relieve the symptom: pain in your shoulder or neck, and treat the root cause at the same time: misalignment due to a possible strain in your soft tissues.
Myofascial Release Repairs Fascia
And in the process, it relieves pain too! The symptom of your injury (most often pain or discomfort) can likely be treated using myofascial release therapy. This technique is a gentle hands-on treatment that works to soften, lengthen and realign your fascial tissue. In the process, pain is reduced and healing ensues.
- Fascial manipulation
- Active release technique (ART®)
- Soft tissue massage therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Intramuscular stimulation
- Graston technique
- Roller stick / foam roller
- Other forms of manual therapy
What Can Myofascial Release Treat?
Depending on your needs as a patient, one of these techniques for myofascial release in NW Calgary may or may not best suit you.
Fortunately, this physiotherapy treatment can help you recover from a wide range of health ailments and injuries, including:
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Chronic hip and shoulder restrictions
- Headaches and migraines
- Acute sprains and strains
- Recurring injuries
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Breathing difficulties
- Injuries that aren’t responding to other treatments
How Does Myofascial Release Work?
As mentioned above, there isn’t necessarily one all-encompassing technique that physiotherapists use to perform myofascial release in NW Calgary. However, since it is a form of manual therapy, the process almost always includes a combination of:
- Gentle and / or deep pressure
- Hand positioning and placement
- Manual manipulation of the limbs or body
Stretches are held for anywhere between a few seconds up to two minutes – or sometimes longer – in some cases before your fascia will begin to “release.” Once you experience this release, it’s a good indicator that the treatment is working to breakdown restrictions while realigning and softening your fascia.
If blood vessels or nerves have been restricted due to changes in your fascia, this treatment will also restore some level of function to your nervous system. A typical physiotherapy session includes multiple stretches and “releases” over time which helps your fascia heal. As a result, your body begins to function more effectively.
Myofascial Release at Revelation Health
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