Fascia and Fascial Release : Mbodies

Movement Professionals increasingly recognise the role of healthy fascia in the facilitation of movement and pain free mechanics.

Increasingly evidence is showing that unhealthy fascia can be a contributing factor to poor mechanics : not only to range of movement of a muscle around a joint but also be the cause or localised or referred pain- which in turn can affect sports performance, create chronic pain syndrome and lead to the manifestation of injuries resulting from the restrictions on normal sliding mechanisms.

Myofascial Release tackles the problem of addressing unhealthy fascia the aim rehydrating and rehabilitating of the fasia to resume normal function.  

Mbodies runs Practical courses to provide Movement professionals with an understanding of the fascia and a system of fascial releases for the major muscles and for the peripheries which can avoid the need to refer-on the client to a Clinical professional where simple 'Release' methods will retrigger correct movement patterns.

'Myofascial' :  Pertaining to a muscle (Myo) and its sheath of connective tissue (Fascia).

Fascia or connective tissue, is a three dimensional spiders-web composed of two key materials - Elastin (a highly elastic protein that allows tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting) and Collagen fibres (the most abundant protein in mammals) surrounded by and transporting a sticky gel like fluid; known as the 'Ground Substance'. 

The combination of the proteins and the Ground Substance results in an environment allowing three dimensional sliding and gliding of one structure adjacent to the next.

The nature of the fascia is to support and stabilise when working correctly, however following loss of function of a limb, trauma (Physical or emotional) the fascia can dehydrate and thicken - losing its sliding properties and creating a barrier to function. 

Different release methods tackle different parts of the release 'goals' - for example 'light' and flowing touch and movement patterns may be better to rehydrate the fascia and tackle issues of pain and be particularly beneficial around the less 'meaty structures such as hands and feet.

Deeper slower compression with 'cross fibering' movement patterns; using props like foam Rollers and weighted balls, to take the place of a therapists hands, may  be more effective once hydration has been achieved.

Likewise long focussed compression at 'trigger points' may be needed to solve specific congestion at known locations. 

Fascia is recognised as having protective as well as energy transportation, Memory retention and movement facilitation functions.

The rotective functions lead to a 'bracing' response to physical traumer.   Therefore fast and aggressive methods to release the fascia tend to be counterproductive as they elicit the protective 'bracing' response.

Effective Myofascial release requires a combination of steady, targetted force over time with a technigue that works along and around the fascial network - pausing at times to work on the 'Trigger Points' or sites of perceived congestion.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a recognised medical condition that is characterised by the development of myofascial 'congestion'  spots - often referred to as Trigger Points.

 

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