Benefits of Myofascial Release
and it's benefits for chronic pain!

Benefits of myofascial release include release of chronically tight muscles using techniques to properly treat, and facilitate long-term release.

It can also reduce trigger points within the fascia, which is connective tissue that surrounds our muscles, bones and organs, to return the fascia to it's flexible, normal state. Fascia is found throughout our whole body, providing stability and protection to everything that it touches.

Fascia collects scar tissue or knots due to trauma within the muscle, which keeps the fascia from properly doing it's job.

Tension, surgical procedures, and stress, can cause trauma to the fascia. In time, the fascia gets use to the knots. When fascia accepts the fact that the knots are not going anywhere, it starts to repair. When it does, scar tissue is created.

Benefits of Myofascial Release 

  1. Easing restriction - The muscles of the body are very familiar to a massage therapist. Usually, with the first touch of a restriction, the therapist knows when and where specific techniques of massage will work. 
  2. Correcting Imbalances - Therapists often instantly notice misalignment, postures, imbalances in the pelvic area, scoliosis, kyphosis, and many other abnormalities associated with muscles.
  3. Increasing Range of Motion - A therapist will often ask their clients to perform certain movements, noticing what limitations or range of motion movements are easy or hard. 
  4. Relaxation of muscles - Therapists may work to relax and loosen muscle tension first, before concentrating on where real problematic areas of muscles.  
  5. Focused therapy - what was not relaxed from the relaxation massage, would obviously need advanced types of massage therapy. 

Myofascial Release Techniques

Myofascial areas are not injured or damaged alone, as the tissue around it is also damaged. Using orthopedic testing helps a therapist treat the problem, but limits treatment to that muscle, which will never bring pain relief. 

For instance, the main pain of frozen shoulder is often the supraspinatus insertion.  But, treating only that muscle, no matter how effective the techniques of massage, is no guarantee of restoring a pain-free range of motion. 

With frozen shoulder, a therapist will often work the infraspinatus, scalenes, teres minor insertion, and other muscles around the shoulder blade.

Often times orthopedic testing will show that a muscle is working properly. But, if the therapist treats the muscles anyway, he/she may find it needed massage work anyway, and will massage to prevent addition restrictions within the muscles.

The concept of Myofascial (“myo” which means muscle and “fascia” which means connective tissue) requires an understanding of the fascial system (or connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web.

The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings. It is literally one structure that exists throughout the body without interruption.

It also has an important role in supporting our bodies, because it surrounds muscles, but it also attaches to structures. They actually could not provide stability without constant support of the fascia.

This DVD, Beginning Myofascial Release DVD can help explain the role that fascia plays in our bodies, as well as what we can do to prevent "knots' and scar tissue formation. It is a 75-minute instructional DVD that teaches how to free restrictions in the muscles, as well as increase range of motion.

This is a short clip of that DVD:

Massage therapists, as well as physicians and scientists all over the world, have tried to understand the complex role that fascia has in body movement, and are now beginning to understand how the benefits of myofascial release helps patients regain range of motion and proper muscle functioning.

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A few things about me and the creation of Massage Education Guide....

After 20 years of practicing massage, I decided to create an online resource for people who want to learn about massage, and how to relax our minds to release anxiety and stress.

I have had many clients come for massage, only to discover they just needed to talk, or they needed to cry, and let go of pain or worry, or stress, in a place they felt safe

Life has changed a lot over the past 6 months, and going to a spa may not be an option financially, or even safe, with social distancing guidelines.

Finding a way to relax our minds, and release stress and tension at home, is critical for a healthy immune system, as we find our way through this pandemic.

I've created a spa recipe book, filled with easy at-home spa ideas, to help you relax and release stress from your body at home.

Now, because of this virus, I teach folks about the benefits of massage products, essential oils, body scrubs, bath bombs, and other make-at-home goodies that help us de-stress in the comfort and safety of home ... to relax the mind and body, and make life so much better!

What's my passion? Massage therapy always and forever is my love, but helping people learn how to relax at home, is a very close second!

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