What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that
involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective
tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time
element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon:
a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium
(fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create
Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately
2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show
up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans,
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique
individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments
during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release
techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through
education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment
instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and
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.
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely
woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the
heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate
coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see
that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of
approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering
with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
Fascia: A Liquid Crystalline Matrix
My experience has shown that much of what you and I were taught has been known to be obsolete for close to seventy years!
Despite the fact that the information has been known to be outdated, it is still being taught in most medical, dental, and
therapeutic schools, leading to the frustration of temporary results and a health care system on the verge of bankruptcy and
It is time to change and update our paradigm, which is a shared set of assumptions, a model of reality. Our society’s model of
reality is logical, but a terribly flawed and incomplete paradigm.
I hope to share with you the principles that I have developed from my own personal experience with pain and gleaned from
patients from around the world over decades. We will explore an exciting new paradigm of the Myofascial system that is emerging
and the important concepts of piezoelectricity, fiber optics, mechanotransduction, fluid dynamics, quantum physics, fractal
geometry, complexity and chaos theory, and cellular consciousness.
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the
normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When
one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes
tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just
habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial
system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of
symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a
determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.