Before you decide what kind of therapeutic massage is best for you, consider your symptoms and how we can help you heal. Unless you work in a health profession or have an unusually high level of knowledge about the human body, you might not be aware that your musculo-skeletal system includes a web of tissue known as fascia that holds everything in place. Problems with your fascial web are referred to as somatic dysfunction. Myofascial release can relieve that pain associated with fascia tissue.
If your fascia is inflamed, tight or uneven, you’ll know it. You’ll feel it. Ask yourself if you are experiencing these symptoms:
S – sensitivity: Tender areas are the most easily recognizable symptom.
T – tissue texture change: Tissue texture changes may include edema, fibrosis, atrophy, rigidity, or hypertonicity of musculature.
A – asymmetry: There may be asymmetry in the bones, muscles, or joints.
R – restriction: There may be a “restrictive barrier” related to the musculoskeletal structure in question. The “anatomic barrier” describes how far the arm can be pushed or pulled by an outside force before the arm becomes physically injured.
The mnemonic device “STAR” will help you check in with your body from time to time. For example, an unexplained tender area in your back accompanied by restricted range of motion when you rotate your torso could be a sign of somatic dysfunction. Discuss your symptoms with your therapist before treatment to get the best possible outcome.
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction – the impaired or altered function of the musculo-skeletal system. This system is made up of the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and the fascial web.
Myofascial release treats inflammation, fibrosis, and thickening of the connective tissue by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.