Fascia is a sheath, sheet, sleeve or dissectable aggregate of connective tissue that forms beneath the skin to attach, enclose and separate muscles and organs. The fascial net is one continuous structure throughout the body. The fascia is one complex, self-regulating organ.
Fascia is constantly remodeling and laying down more tissue while we sleep or during inactivity. Areas of disuse can become dry and stuck down, limiting movements and creating dysfunctional patterns and areas of discomfort. We can use movement, stretching, or ball release work to wipe away the body’s fascial cobwebs and help the fascia stay hydrated and lubricated.
Fascia creates dynamic tensioning slings that go from head to toe. Instead of just thinking of a specific muscle with an origin and insertion, we can influence the specific area by releasing it directly or indirectly by releasing a higher or lower section of the related sling. We want to create a slide and glide between the fascial layers, which translates into ease of movement, release of tension, and reduction of discomfort.
The grippy texture of the massage therapy balls work by gently locking into all the tissue layers, including the surface of the skin, the superficial fascia underneath, and into the deep fascia. The balls roll along the skin to create shear that heats, calms, and lengthens not only the targeted tissues but the associated tissues within its sling. An added benefit of fascia is that it provides lots of sensory input to the brain and can help with proprioception or knowing where we are in space. With injuries, pain, and swelling, the body’s feedback loop can get slowed down, predisposing us to more injuries.
Using the fascial release balls can help increase the proprioception and nerve speed to decrease the risk of reinjury.
In my fascial release therapy, I employ a range of treatment options depending on the issues that bring my patients in. One of the best ways to activate, relax, and release fascial tissue is with the Roll Model Method: a soft-tissue conditioning fitness program that not only helps my patients in our therapy sessions, but also gives them the tools they need to keep working on fascial release at home. After all, 1 hour a week of therapy doesn’t fix 23 hours a day at home, so I always look for ways to extend the principles of our sessions to the rest of your life. I do this through a few tools from the Roll Model Method, a collection of specialized balls that are specifically designed in size and density for releasing and relaxing different areas of the body on an individualized basis.
The fascial system can calm the nervous system, giving the body much needed rest. At times we don’t even realize how amped up we are, until we calm the nervous system and feel the relaxation our body has been
unknowingly craving. With practice, we can use the Fascial release work to decrease stress and tension and calm the nervous system to feel more Zen-like in as little as a few minutes. And even a mini-vacation from your stress is better than no vacation at all!
At ProActive Pilates, I will take you through some manual and fascial ball release work to show your body how relaxed it can feel. You can then purchase the tools used and continue to do the release work in the comfort of your own home, when you need it.
While home treatments exist for easing the pain or tension, there’s no better way to combat this condition than with the help of a professional. They’ll use their extensive knowledge and experience of the human body to identify your trigger points based on your pain and any prior injuries, and help to quickly address these issues before they get any worse.
My fascial release therapy service always begins with a full assessment, where I identify your pain and symptoms, and find out what injuries might have caused the condition. From there, we work together to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Then, through both in-person sessions and recommendations for at-home exercises that will help you keep up with your recovery on your own time, you’ll begin to feel the incredible difference this treatment can make.
As I am a physiotherapist, a physiotherapy receipt is given at each treatment, which may be reimbursed by your extended benefit plan. Please check with your specific benefit plan for eligibility.
If you have more questions about fascial release therapy, or if you’re ready to book your initial assessment, I’m ready to help. With twenty-five years of experience as a physical therapist, I have all the tools needed to identify your problems and get you back to your regular, healthy life. Get started on the road to recovery and contact me today or click here to book your assessment online.