Myofascial Release (Myofascial Unwinding)
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web, but it is also weaved together like knitted socks. Fascia is a seran-like covering that encases every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. It is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. The entire body is connected through this fascial system.
Fascia in its normal, healthy state is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma, emotional trauma, poor posture, scarring, inflammation, or even prolonged strain or tension, the fascia loses it pliability. Fascia can become tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body around the restriction and in other areas of the body based on it being one continuous unit.
Myofascial treatment involves placing hands on fascial points and following the tissue to areas of restriction. Restriction is released through a number of different movements that help increase mobility, release stagnated tissue, and and break up scar tissue while relieving pain and relaxing tension that, at times, people didn't even realize was there, until it was gone.
Myofascial Release an individual experience based on personal patterns of restriction and the areas that the restrictions are located. Fascia is involved with nerve receptors in proprioception, and certain concentrations of fascia respond to different kinds of stimuli. Different nerve receptors in fascial tissue respond to stimuli ranging from a stretch or light pressure, deep or slow pressure, to sustained movement with load pressure. This creates unique treatment experiences, that are tailored to each individual's needs.
Myofascial unwinding may involve very subtly twisting, turning, and pulling areas to “follow” the fascial movements. This can be done while sitting, standing, or laying down. It has been found that being in the same position as you were at the time of injury can also help resolve the areas that were affected in that position. By gently staying with the fascial movement, restrictions will resolve becoming more balanced and mobile.