Have you been dealing with long-term pain, soreness, or muscle tightness? Does it seem to only get worse as time goes on, and never better? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, and you’re looking for a solution to actually solve these problems, fascial release treatments might be just the thing you need.
What are self-fascial release techniques?
Self-Fascial release techniques (also known as myofascial release therapy) is a clinically proven treatment. It focuses on relaxing the fascial tissue that makes up the muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well as a layer of connective tissue that sits between your skin and layers of tissues and organs across your body. It’s highly innervated to provide input to the brain, and it influences the nervous system, so it can help calm a stressed brain and body.
Pain and tension in the body’s fascial network can be created by adhesions and restrictions of the various layers of fascia and connective tissue. Self-fascial release techniques that can be learned in the studio for home use, will help unstick the fascial restrictions and release the muscular tension, and calm the nervous system.
Fascial release therapy is a proven way to treat these issues, but that’s not all! So if you’re still on the fence, here are my top five reasons to get started with fascial release work as soon as possible.
1. Eliminate pain or discomfort
The number one thing that brings people into our studio for fascial release is pain. As mentioned before, fascial pain is usually easy to distinguish from muscle pain—it simply doesn’t let up. If you’re experiencing pain that doesn’t seem to go away or diminish whatsoever, tension in your fascial tissue could be the culprit.
By targeting the sensitive trigger points all across your body’s fascial network, a physiotherapist can help clients quickly find relief from their pain. I will show you how to stretch and/or self-massage these areas with various balls and tools, working methodically to find the source of your discomfort.
As the body is made up of interconnected slings of fascial tissue, releasing areas above or below the painful area but along the same fascial sling can improve the discomfort you feel. That’s why fascial release therapy is such an invaluable treatment for anyone who even suspects they’re suffering from fascial tightness or restrictions.
2. Restore lost mobility
When the fascia is under stress and tension for too long, it begins to affect the surrounding muscle groups as well. Given enough time untreated, this can actually lead to a lack of mobility and flexibility in these areas.
If you’ve been feeling stiff or like you don’t have your usual full range of motion for some time, fascial release might be the answer. When the physiotherapist releases the restrictions in your fascial tissue, you’ll be amazed at how quickly the underlying muscles relax, meaning you can get back to doing the things you love—pain-free.
3. Treat a variety of other painful conditions
Fascial release treatments can be amazing for a number of other problems. Because your fascial network is so intertwined, you might be surprised at just how many physical issues are related to one another. Some of the more common problems we treat with fascial release therapy include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Poor posture
If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these issues, or if you simply suspect you’re suffering from them, I can’t recommend fascial release enough as a treatment option, either as a primary or supplementary treatment.
4. Restore relaxation in your body
In general, fascial release therapy is invaluable for restoring balance and relaxation to the body. Gentle fascial release work can calm the nervous system as it influences the parasympathetic nervous system which is our calming portion to prepare us to “rest and digest”. So self-fascial release techniques done, whenever you are stressed, can help improve your breath and bring calm to the body. Whether you’re suffering from severe chronic pain, or simply feeling a little tense, everyone can benefit from this treatment technique in just one or a handful of sessions.
5. Help with sleeping
As mentioned above, self-fascial release work can calm the nervous system. So self-fascial release techniques done just before bed can calm the brain and body and help you fall asleep easier and/or get a deeper, more restful sleep. If you feel like you can’t get a good night’s rest due to pain, tightness, or discomfort while lying down, fascial release may be the perfect way to reduce these problems and finally get a good night’s rest.
Another reason fascial release can help with sleep is thanks to the intimate connection between our physical and mental health. If your fascial tissue is tense and painful, it can lead to mental stress over time, which affects sleep in its own right as well.
Get started today with fascial release
As you can see, there are good reasons for just about anyone to get started with fascial release therapy. Whether you’re coming in specifically to treat chronic or recurrent pain, or simply to help your mind and body stay balanced and relaxed, fascial release therapy can help!
When choosing an office for any kind of physical treatment, we’re spoiled for choice, and it can be tough to make a decision. With that said, I am more than equipped to provide you with the utmost care and attention during fascial release treatments. With my extensive experience and knowledge of the human body, we can easily pinpoint the source of your discomfort, and we’ll create a comprehensive treatment plan to act as a roadmap for your journey to recovery.
I use some of the most advanced, clinically-proven methods available for fascial release, from Stretch Therapy, manual exercises, to assisted treatments such as the Roll Model Method. The Roll Model Method uses balls of different sizes to fit all the nooks and crannies between muscles. No matter what brings you in, I can help! To learn more about fascial release therapy, or self-fascial release techniques that can help you, call to set up your first consultation today or contact me.