Postural Deviations Chronic Pain Injuries- old and new Arthritic Issues Tendonitis
Migraine Headaches Chronic Ear Infections Vertigo TMJ Post Tongue Tie Remediation Therapy Tech Neck Whiplash
Scoliosis Pain Herniated and Bulging Disks of Most Degrees Post Surgical Back Pain Post Surgical Scar Tissue and Lack of Mobility
Rounded shoulders and resulting neck and upper back pain Vegas Nerve Related Nervous System Issues Some Forms of Chronic Constipation Abdominal Scar Tissue from Endometriosis and Surgeries Postpardum Pelvic Floor Pain
Sciatica Pain in the legs Knock Knees Knee Twinges Ankle Pain Foot Issues Plantar Fasciatis
How is Myofascial Release Different from Massage?
Myofascial Release is often the missing link in treatment plans. Myofascial Release is a slow, deep, non-forceful and non-injurious technique that works with the connective tissue to address posture, range of motion and old injuries and traumas.
Many clients come to me after seeing many medical professionals without finding a suitable diagnosis or treatment plan that has not shown much if any progress. Especially with these cases, I generally see a 90% improvement within 3-5 sessions! The reason for this is that our current imaging technologies cannot detect myofascial strain or most scar tissue and that most forms of stretching and mobilization or adjustments do not affect the connective tissue which can exert up to 2000 pounds of pressure on pain sensitive structures in our bodies.
Exercise and balancing the kinesthetic systems is an important aspect for maintaining correct posture and creating new muscle memory. For this I often refer to yoga therapy or physical therapy professionals. That being said, it is impossible to fight against shortened connective tissue patterns and scar tissue to assume correct posture all day. Connective tissue treatment must be part of the healing picture.
Somatic Mind-Body Therapy
A thorough approach to healing often involves releasing the connective tissue through myofascial release, to release physical pain and gain access to root causes of mental and emotional discomfort. Energy work, reframing techniques to release traumas and transform limiting belief systems, and meditation or mindfulness to reprogram the mind can together be incredibly transformative. It is possible to release old stress and emotional patterns that play on the body and step into healthier postural patterns that reflect a new relationship with self, others and life. This complete approach allows clients to leave with more ease and a trust in life that allows them to actuate the life they have been wanting to live. This work can be a great adjunct to psychotherapy or life coaching.
More on Myofascial Release
To understand Myofascial Release we must first understand what fascia is. Fascia is the connective tissue that sheathes our entire body, each of our muscles, and creates our ligaments and tendons. It creates space for our organs and provides placement for our bones and joints. In the words of founder John F Barnes, "Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three-dimentional web from head to foot without interruption. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs. Since many of the standard test such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc. do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed." Myofascial Release is a gentle, non-injurious technique of consistent pressure applied to fascial restrictions to allow a release without activating the body's defense mechanisms or bracing. Fascia has a viscoelastic quality that resists sudden applied force. By properly addressing the fascial system we can re-align bones and joints, increase mobility, and release tension and stress on the body structures - increasing energy and vitality. Scar tissue, adhesions, and shortening and thickening of the fascia occur through mental and emotional stress or trauma, chronic stress patterns both emotional and physical, repetitive motions, surgery and of course physical trauma.
Integrating Other Therapies
Including other modalities such as Neuromuscular Re-Education and Craniosacral work increases efficacy. Neuromuscular Re-Education begins with a deep understanding of kinesiology; the study of antagonistic and synergistic muscular relationships in the body. Through applied pressure, and a synergy of breath and movement on the part of the recipient, the proprioceptors of the muscles are re-aligned. Proprioceptors are that part of the muscle fibers that indicate how much to engage to accomplish a specific task or lift a specific weight. This helps muscles that have been disorganized through trauma or stress to re-learn how to move appropriately. Lax muscles, due to pregnancy or surgery, can regain functionality improving the gains made by exercise.
Craniosacral work involves working with the connective tissue in the skull and around the dural tube to ease ailments such as chronic headaches, trouble focusing, eye, ear and sinus pain, vertigo, and provides a sense of emotional and mental balance and well-being.
Women's Health, Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Work:
Pelvic floor work is able to make groundbreaking shifts in long standing postural issues. A sheared pubic symphysis, tailbone misalignments, sacral deviations, uterine adhesions, bladder prolapse and intestinal issues can play a major part in our overall health and comfort. Addressing these issues can provide the stable base for the rest of the torso's alignment as well as treat chronic prostatits, pelvic pain, chronic SI joint issues, as well as sexual and fertility blockages. These can be sensitive topics to address, so please know that the massage therapy board has a strict confidentiality clause and through my studies of doula or birthing assistant, holistic midwifery, and the women's health seminars, there are no taboo subjects to address in my studio. Please allow yourself to feel comfortable broaching any topics of concern.
I am extremely excited to bring more wisdom and knowledge to approaching the sensitive concerns of our younger people. Torques in the connective tissue around the spine and cranium from uncomfortable womb positioning or birth traumas or lip and tongue ties can impact the physical and mental development of our children. Myofascial Release is a gentle and effective way to unwind these tissues allowing for complete recovery and thriving many cases.