Emmanuel's Touch Therapy
Myofascial Release is a type of manual therapy. Myofascial Release was first discovered and used by Osteopathic Physicians like Gordon Sutherland, and John Upledger who combined it with Craniosacral Therapy. Later it was introduced and promoted by Physical Therapists including John Barnes. Finally, it is gaining recognition in traditional healthcare. In the meantime, clients are looking for therapists who are skilled in Myofascial Release because it has already helped thousands of people who were sufffering from pain due to injury or illness. Myofascial Release not only releases the pain symptoms, it corrects the restrictions in the muscles and connective tissue (fascia) which are the root cause of problems with musculoskeletal alignment, and limitations in functional everyday activities. I have experienced relief of chronic pain myself as a patient and as a therapist. It works.
What is Fascia? Fascia is also known as Connective Tissue. Fascia connects every muscle, bone, nerve and blood vessel, as well as the internal organs. It is very dense, fibrous and not easy to stretch. Even though the fascia surrounds and connects all the structures in the body from head to toe, it is also very specialized. The fascia that surround the brain and spinal cord is known as the dura. The heart and lungs are protected by the pericardium and the pleura. The internal organs of the stomach and the intestines are collectively known as the viscera. Examples of musculoskeletal fascia include tendons, ligaments, and the periosteum. This complex web of fascia is really the mold or imprint of the body. This template allows for interaction and communication between the all parts of the body, including the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, the internal organs, and conscious state of being.
Injuries to the fascia can affect our physical functioning as well as our well-being. Restrictions in the fascia can be caused by improper posture, overuse injuries, traumatic injuries, scar tissue from surgery or immobilization, sports injuries, and inflammation due to any number of causes. Physical or psychological trauma often go hand-in-hand. Many times the trauma or repetitive stress with cause inflammation initially, but then then the fascia can become scarred down. Fascial restrictions can then exert painful pressure on adjoining structures or tissues including nerves, blood vessels, internal organs, muscles or joints, and limit mobility
Pictures of Myofascial Release treatments
Myofascial Pain & Trigger Points
Myofascial Release Treatment Explained
Myofascial Release (MFR) for plantar fascitis
Myofascial Release for the Head, Neck & more
Myofascial Release (MFR) for Hamstrings
Myofascial Release for the Back
FYI-- I have included videos by several different practitioners for your benefit. As you might expect, each provider brings their unique treatment style and experience to their practice. It is important that you feel comfortable with the person whom you select to partner with in your treatment. This makes for the most successful and happy outcome overall in treatment journey. I hope to post my own treatment videos in the near future for you to see and share.