The reason you keep getting injured may be due to restrictions in your myofascia. Proactive Vulcan Lane’s new physiotherapist David Gow is an expert in the myofascial release therapy technique and we have asked him to tell us a little more about it.
The myofascia is the connective tissue of our bodies that surrounds the muscle. Myofascial release therapy is a safe and highly effective form of hands on soft tissue manipulation that helps restore the myofascia to an individual’s ‘physiological adaptive capacity’, or natural state.
Studies show myofascial release therapy has proven more effective in treating myofascial restrictions for a higher percentage of patients than other treatments such as foam rolling, sports massage and stretching.
Who will benefit?
Everyone is likely to have some level of myofascial restriction, however the release therapy is likely to have a particularly positive effect for people with these conditions:
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Headaches & migraines
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Shin splints
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Temporal mandibular joint disorder
- Flat Feet (pes planus)
- Jogger’s Heel (plantar faciitis)
- IT band syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Herniated discs
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
Here are some things you probably didn’t know about fascia:
- Fascia is just as vital a structural component as our bones. Without it our bodies would be incapable of such basic functions as sitting, standing and walking and running. In fact, our bones are floating in this web of fascia.
- Fascia is a single uninterrupted web of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, nerves, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs and connects all of the above even on a microcellular level.
- It also suspends our internal organs in space much like a hammock. This means digestive and other issues may be due to fascial tightness.
- It is a highway of communication to the body’s cells and the storage of past injuries and traumas. There is evidence to suggest that hormones place an enormous part in causing tightness and restriction within the fascial network.
- A restriction or blockage in the fascial network at one location in the body will directly affect the muscles at another point of the body. This explains when a therapist tells you that your tight hip is causing your knee pain.
What causes restrictions in the myofascia?
- Physical traumas such as broken bones, inflammation, muscle strains and joint sprains/dislocations.
- Cumulative stress such as poor posture and repetitive stress injuries (RSI).
- Emotional holding patterns that are internalised in the body such as stress, lack of self-worth, fear and anxiety.
- Fatigue, dehydration and nutritional deficiencies and excesses.
- Imbalances in the endocrine system.
If you’re looking for safe, low-loading stretching technique to help reduce pain and reduce the chance of reinjury, try the myofascial release therapy technique.
For more international information on myofascial release therapy, visit this webpage.
Physiotherapist, Proactive Vulcan Lane