What is Myofascial Release?
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. However, trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive use conditions have cumulative effects on the body. As the muscles shorten, through overwork, injury or poor posture, the fascia begins to "stick" or adhere to the muscle tissue. The result is a loss of function, restricted range of motion and, often, pain. Over time, these restrictions and the resulting muscle imbalances can even affect the body's structure....your bones. Often, spinal dysfunctions are a direct result of muscle imbalances.
Myofascial Release bodywork treats the entire myo-fascial system, by systematically releasing the adhesions in the fascia and eliminating the pressure of the restrictions that cause pain and restrict range of motion.
Fascia is not like muscle. It has no blood flow. It doesn't stretch like muscle and does repair like muscle. It also has a memory of 7-10 days. Like a rubber band, it will recoil and attempt to return to the position it has been occupying. For this reason, myofascial bodywork must initially be received at regular intervals in order to release adhesions and "re-train" the fascia. Of course, any release work will result in reduced pain and improved range of motion, but long term, cumulative results require a more concentrated approach. Every client's situation is unique. Nan will address your conditions and suggest a course of treatment, which will best fit your condition and goals, as well as your time constraints and financial situation.