Fascia is a connective tissue that permeates the body in a 3-dimensional web, uninterrupted, from head to toe- It has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or densely woven sweater and it interpenetrates every structure of our body to the cellular level.
Since all of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans etc. do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain, headaches, and lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
In the normal, healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When the body experiences trauma or inflammation, however, the fascia loses it’s flexibility. It becomes tight and can be a source of tension to the rest of the body, exerting pressure and pain in many areas. Myofascial release techniques can reduce and alleviate these tight areas that create pressure and pain in the fascial system. This is acheived through the use of sustained pressure with the hands onto tight areas of the body, stretching of the arms and legs, -- resulting in restoring balance, reducing pain and greatly improving flexibility.
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