Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Myofascial release (MFR) is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality
Myofascial release can also help specifically address a number of health issues. MFR can:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
- Ease medication dependence
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
- Increase joint flexibility
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
- Reduce spasms and cramping
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Relieve migraine pain
Thermographic Image of Myofascial Restriction
View of fascial restriction in her left spine/shoulderblade and neck.
“A 16 year old boy broke his right clavicle while skiing in Ciolorado. The first X-ray was taken in an emergency room that very day and the doctors recommended surgery with pins. The next day he was returned home, and I was asked by his family to see if Myofascial Release would help. After gentle Myofascial Release and spontaneous unwindings the child was able to sleep better that night with less pain and discomfort. The next morning the second X-ray was taken by the local orthopedic physician who recommended conservative therapy and rest. No Surgery!
Myofascial Release helps to enhance our healing potential in both acute and chronic pain. Thank you John for showing us the right direction!” –Peter Podbielski, PT, DPT
How does energy move in your body?
When speaking of the energy within and around one’s body, it’s often perceived as something mystical or unrealistic, however the body’s energy is as scientific as your muscles, bones and body systems. The energy within your body is directed to move based on your thoughts and feelings, and is carried throughout your body via a web of string connective tissue called fascia (see infographic on the right). Fascia tissue can be thought of as the fiber optics of your body, and are fluid filled fibers that move energy, envelop and isolate muscles, tendons, organs and blood vessels and provide protection and support within the body. Although fascia is everywhere in your body, the blue bands (see infographic on the right) shown above show how fascia joins together in horizontal bands around your body, causing a concentration of energy located in alignment with your seven main chakras, or energy centers. (click on infographic to enlarge).