What’s connecting you?
Most people are aware that many different organ systems make up our bodies and allow us to function in our day to day lives.
One of the most fascinating systems to me as a Massage Therapist is the fascial system.
This is because fascia surrounds EVERYTHING in the body!!!
Fascia is simply connective tissue. It envelops muscles, tendon, ligament, bone, nerve, and viscera. It adds support to the body, divides and separates us into body regions and creates a continuous web of tissue.
Why fascia gets tight?
Fascia acts like shrink wrap around the muscles. When we have a major injury, poor posture, or repetitive strain injury the fibers adapt to a new resting length to add additional support to the area. This is what we call CONTRACTURES. This means that the individual fibers adhere together and can cause stiffness, decreased range of motion and changes in function. This exerts a pull on the “web” of fascia and causes SPASMS in opposing areas. These spasm are often what we feel as daily pain and they are the bodies attempt to correct the contracture.
How is the fascial systems treated?
Because of the nature of fascia, treatment is often quite deep. This is because we have various layers of fascia all the way down to the level of our bones.
Do not let this scare you.
Just because treatment is deep does not mean it needs to be painful, and as the Client you always have to power to adjust or change treatment at any time. Communication with your Therapist is extremely important.
Long sustained holds and rhythmic movements of the joints will affect the fascial systems most. With the correct application of techniques the Client will experience an involuntary response of the body that is believed to be caused by the central nervous system affecting the resting tension of the tissues, including the fascia.
(B. Minasny PhD, 2009; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3091471/)
Fascial Restructuring Manual Therapy is a unique approach to fascial release.
It consists of a direct and systematic release to target the areas of the body where the contractures occur first.
This may be a little confusing to the Client as these are the areas where there is often little to no pain felt day to day.
Since we are not always seeking out the painful regions to work first, this approach to fascial release is much less uncomfortable to the Client. It is also often more effective in long term relief of pain and stiffness since we are targeting the contracture first; the perpetrator, and the spasm later; the victim.
(A. Climie; fascialrestructuringtherapy.com)
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Amanda Strathearn RMT B.H.Kin at email@example.com</a
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