Myofascial Release Therapy
Myo-fascial pain presents many symptoms:
- Deep, aching pain in muscle
- Pain that persists and worsens without direct treatment
- Trigger points or laymen terms “knot” in a muscle
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain
Myofascial pain is caused by a continuous stimulus such as pressure, repetitive movement, poor posture, muscle injury, inflammation, stress and anxiety. Mayo Clinic suggests that stress and anxiety may be more likely to be a cause of Myofascial pain than a physical injury.
The goal of SFT is to help you to live a PAIN Free life.
“Imagine feeling a tranquil wave wash over your body. You’re breathing changes and the pain melts away. The wave – a continuous flow of fluid connects your body, no beginning, no end. Bringing a sense of calm, peace and the pain has gone.”
Conditions Treated with Myofascial Therapy
General Health Concerns:
- Back Pain
- Headaches – Migraines
- Neck Pain
- Hip Pain
- Whiplash – recent or chronic
- Disc pain
- Neurological Dysfunction
- Carpal Tunnel – treating the neck or root cause of disorder
- Scar therapy
- Sciatic Pain
Women’s Health Problems:
- Mastectomy Pain and Restrictions
- Menstrual Problems
- Urinary Frequency
- Irritable Bowel
- Scar Reduction after Reconstruction Surgery or Breast Implants
- Infertility Problems
- Lymphedema – complements Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
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Where does the pain come from?
Finding the root cause can be a challenge for even the most experienced professional. You, as the patient just want the pain to go away and it is counter intuitive to think that the cause is somewhere else other than where the pain is coming from.
Fascia is estimated to have a tensile strength of as much as 2000 pounds per square inch. This incredible strength supports your structure- it is why you are standing. (Your skin is only the protective covering) This can be a positive trait or a negative one; when it is not freely functioning or flowing, that much pressure feel can feel like a vice gripping down on your body, reducing range of motion and creating pain.
According to Mayo Clinic and Dr. Janet Travel (the first female doctor appointed to the White House after treating JFK’s back pain, see my blog page for more information)
Every time you move your body it works as a congruent system. The muscles constantly interact with fascia and the fascia strongly affects the muscles. Normally a harmonious relationship until one structure is injured, changed, over worked or under worked. Various therapies directly or indirectly affect the relationship between muscle and fascia, every time you touch the body you are touching muscles and fascia.
Fascia is a continuous sheet of connective tissue that extends throughout the body. Imagine a nylon suit seamless with no beginning and no end extending from the front of your forehead to the bottom of your toes and intertwined throughout every organ, muscle and tissue. When fascia is injured along with the muscles, every region of the body is affected, not just the area presenting symptoms. Your body has changed every cell and every fiber has adjusted so you can keep functioning.