Myofascial Release is an approach that engages the fascial system of your body. The fascial system is a continuous, laminated connective tissue sheath that spreads uninterrupted throughout your entire body in a three-dimensional web. The fascial system extends from front to back, side to side, and superficial to deep. The fascia wraps around, invests with, and becomes an integral part of every anatomical structure in your body down to the intracellular level. The fascial system is an integral part of organs, blood vessels, lymph vessels and nodes, muscles, bones, and peripheral nerves, as well as your central nervous system. It is this intricate and complex connective tissue system that plays such an important role in the function of your body. If the fascial system is not correctly mobile and balanced, many mild to severe structural and/or physiological problems can develop.
Postural imbalances, asymmetries, gravitational pulls, micro or macro trauma (internally or externally induced), inflammation, surgery, and/or abnormal tensions and pressures are some of the causes of fascial restrictions or patterns of restrictions. Allison will identify and assess by palpation your areas of restrictions and then apply specific gentle myofascial techniques to mobilize, release and balance these restricted areas that produce pain and hurt your ability to function in daily and/or recreational activities.
Myofascial Release is helpful for almost all acute or chronic musculoskeletal problems that cause pain, weakness, and dysfunction. It also is helpful for some neurological problems such as stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s. Typically, Myofascial Release is used in conjunction with the other manual techniques in which we specialize.