Fascia and myofascial release: massage or bodywork?
- Friday, 12 May 2017
More and more people visiting Fulham Massage & Wellness have recently been asking about what fascia is or whether our therapists could perform myofascial release in london fulham. This relatively new discovery about fascia has truly changed the way we think about the structure and functionality of a human body. There is still very little known about fascia in the scientific department, but here is what has been discovered so far.
What is fascia and where to find it?
Fascia is a connective tissue that covers our body from the top of the head to the tip of the toes, creating a structure in the human body. It’s like a big sheet of cob-web that surrounds all our internal organs, muscles, nerves, vessels and it even goes inside or in between our cells. Some people describe it as an “internal skin”.
A great example of explaining what fascia fulham is and how it looks like is to look at the chicken breast. Very often there is this see-through membrane on top the meat and this exactly what fascia is. It is also easily visible on boiled eggs when peeling the shells.
Throughout years, medicine has been trying to understand how the fascia works. Size-wise, it is the biggest organ in a human body. Due to the different consistency in some regions, location and direction of movement in the body, fascia has been divided into 12 segments called myofascial lines or meridians (Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers). Superficial Back Line, Deep Front Line, Spiral Line – these are just examples of the 12 lines which help therapists identify and correct any musculoskeletal problems when treating clients.
What causes fascia fulham to tighten up?
Sedentary lifestyle and postural dysfunctions are the most common causes of fascia to “get jammed”. This often leads us to feel more tension throughout our body, less supple or limber. A sudden trauma (direct impact or injury) will also affect fascia. Very often persistent injuries that aren’t going away or getting better will be a sign of fascial problem and would need to be addressed in a different way than sports or deep tissue massage. Fascia consists of the great amount of water, therefore, appropriate hydration has a significant impact on its elasticity, making it tighter and more prone to injury when we don’t drink enough water. Repetitive movement and high impact can also make fascia to get inflamed. A common example of that is plantar fasciitis – inflammation of fascia in the sole of the foot which causes pain when walking.
Massage or bodywork?
Tightening or injuring fascia in one place will affect the whole body, but it will mainly cause imbalance and dysfunction within the line it runs. Very often treating only the shoulder where the pain is presented might not be effective enough due to fascia restriction in the opposite hip. This is just an example of a very common pattern noticed during massage treatments. With that in mind, our philosophy of touching as much of the body as possible during each massage session proves the effectiveness of our treatments at Fulham Massage & Wellness. It is not enough to loosen up just one region of the body in order to correct the problem.
At Fulham Massage & Wellness all of our therapists understand how fascia works and what to do to keep it healthy. Myofascial release is a technique used to release and unwind fascia and can be very easily implemented into a massage treatment. Slow, controlled motions and heat created through the touch and from increased blood flow are the best allies in releasing fascia’s restrictions and enhancing its healing. With our expertise in musculoskeletal injuries, more and more clients can discover the benefits of healthy fascia in their bodies.