Myofascial Release Massage Therapy

Myofascial Release Massage

The Myofascia glides and works smoothly like a well oiled engine, moving our body parts in a smooth controlled manner.  In a healthy condition, the myofascia has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. However, when we experience pain in an area of our body, it is easy to assume the problem is where the pain is. Our body will shift our weight away from the source of pain, contracting the fascia and shortening it.

This leads to restriction.

The Problem

Let’s say we have broken our left arm, and had it in a cast for many weeks.  The fascia will have shortened to the position the arm and shoulder were held in.  Once the cast is removed the fascia will stay shortened and restricted. These restrictions will  go unnoticed to us, but the body with be adapting to that restriction enabling you to function pain free.

Throughout our lifetime, these restrictions build up from injuries, emotional trauma and stresses, each playing a part in acute and chronic pain.

Events that can cause problems with the Myofascia include:

Headaches, Muscle Pain Spasms, Chronic back and neck pains, Recurring injuries

Sciatica, Breathing Difficulties, Sensations such as: numbness; pins and needles

Poor posture, reduced flexibility, Jaw pain, toothache, bruxism

Digestion problems

The Solution – Myofascial Release Massage Therapy

The treatment works by feeling subtle differences in texture around the painful area.  This is done by using the lightest of touches, yet it reaches the deepest levels of tissue.

The area is then put on a very slight stretch and a melting sensation is felt by the client and therapist.  The fascia is then followed to the next restriction, and its a process of working back through the restrictions.  It is suggested that over the course of 6 treatments, most postural changes can be released, with a reduction in symptoms.

Your First Visit – Myofascial Release Massage Therapy

A complete consultation is performed on your first appointment. This comprises a medical history and a postural assessment. It may involve you standing for a short time in your gym shorts (and bra or sports bra for ladies), or laying on the couch whilst I take myoskeletal measurements. This is an important part of your treatment. I use this to detect problems you may not be aware of and to form the basis of all treatment and aftercare plans I develop for you.

pre-massage consultation

1. Consultation

postural assessment

2. Postural Assessment

massage treatments

3. Treatment

postural assessment

4. Aftercare Plan