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What is Myofascial Release?
At COAST Physical Therapy we follow the John F. Barnes, PT Myofascial Release Technique. Myofascial Release is a safe ,effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure which works to eliminate pain and restore motion. Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the living seam system, or body wide web that threads your tissues to one another.It is the communicating system between all our cells. Fascia is comprised of cells, fibers and ground substance (a gel like fluid). Fascia extends from head to toe, front to back and in diagonal planes.It maintains the bodies structural support, provides protection and shock absorption. It allows the slide and glide motion along our inner seams. With injury or dysfunctional movement patterns fascia dehydrates, loses its mobility and produces a tensile force on pain sensitive structures.
Why Is This Important To Me?
Our body movements are supposed to be absorbed by fascia, not muscle. Proper exercise and movement should follow lines of fascial pull in order to distribute the impact to our spine, hips, knees, ankles, ribs and shoulders appropriately. When you are tight and restricted the fascia is stuck and doesn't slide and glide. Joint health, organ health and movement are all dependent on a healthy fascial system.