Structural myofascial therapy
What is fascia?
The fascia is a membrane of connective tissue that covers every structure in the body, from the cell to the organs, muscles, bones, and nerves. These membranes act in continuity. They contribute to the protection, support, and healing of the body while playing a role in the elimination of toxins.
When they are under stress (shock, surgery, inflammation, prolonged poor posture, etc.), the fascias can form adhesions. Symptoms of this phenomenon can take many forms, the most common of which are pain and reduced range of motion. This therapeutic approach is perfectly complementary to physiotherapy, after an injury or too much tension due to spasticity.
What is structural myofascial therapy?
The term myofascial is used to describe the part of the fascia that surrounds the muscle.
Structural myofascial therapy is, therefore, a technique for relaxing the fascia of the musculoskeletal system. It goes with the vision that there is continuity of the muscle’s fascias and that these fascias are organized around precise lines. It is said that the muscles of the same myofascial line have an impact on each other and, therefore, that adhesion to a specific place can create symptoms elsewhere in the body.
What happens during a myofascial release treatment?
Structural myofascial therapy can be used as a simple treatment modality or can be used during a full session.
During the full session, the therapist will start with a few questions about the discomfort you are experiencing and an analysis of your posture. He will then begin to test the fascias to find the origin of the blockage. He will then proceed to the treatment to release the blocking area as well as the fascial chain involved. The therapy is done without oil; shea butter can be used by the therapist for specific techniques.
What do I need for the session?
You may need a camisole and shorts. A bottle of water would also be a good thing to have with you.
What are the benefits of the myofascial approach?
- Improve posture and comfort in prolonged positions
- Reduce chronic pain and stiffness
- Treat scars
- Reduce spasms, cramps and sore spots
- Reduce headaches
- Treat recent or previous injuries
- Improve sports performance