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What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

by Alena Metz

Myofascial Release Therapy is a holistic therapy used for treating musculoskeletal immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in tense muscles.

When we experience trauma - whether it be from physical injury, or even emotional, mental, or spiritual traumas - it creates myofascial restrictions that can produce pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain-sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) The rate in which it takes a nerve impulse to travel through the body is approximately 180 mph. Studies have found that the weight of a dime (2.2 grams) on a spinal nerve can reduce nerve communication by up to 60% in as little as 15 minutes. So, imagine what a fascial restriction would do to your fascial system?

The fascial system is the main transport medium for all that you ingest nutritionally, the fluid you intake, the air you breathe, all your hormones, biochemistry, and every vital cell you need to thrive. The fascial system acts like a messenger super highway carrying an exceptional amount of information through the fluidity of the microtubules of the fascial system at an extraordinary speed.

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” - Nikola Tesla

The fascial system is a piezoelectric tissue. So, what exactly does that mean? The word 'Piezoelectricity' is a Greek word for “pressure electricity.” Myofascial release is about converting the pressure from our hands into a bioelectrical current. A phenomenon called 'mechanotransduction' is created. Mechanotransduction is the mechanism by which cells convert mechanical stimulus into electrochemical activity. This form of sensory transduction is responsible for a number of senses and physiological processes in the body, including proprioception, touch, balance, and hearing.

The sustained pressure being applied creates an electromagnetic current stimulating the rehydration of fascia that has been hardened and thickened by myofascial restrictions. These restrictions cause the fascia to become sticky or gummy in texture which in turn causes the fascia to bind together creating a rope-like feeling in the fascia fibers.

So, as fluidity returns to our fascial system, as does the essential flow of healing energy current to our bodies.

Conditions often treated by myofascial release therapy include Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and migraine headaches.

For more information about whether or not Myofascial Release Therapy is right for you - please contact me for a consultation.

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