Have you ever seen a very thin membrane on the surface of a skinless chicken breast? Well, that is the myofascia! The fascia or myofascia is a tough tissue that covers the muscles, bones, arteries, veins, and organs throughout the body. It resembles a spider web or a fish net and links all structures of the body together. In a normal state, the fascia is very soft, flexible, stretchy, and helps maintain good posture and range of motion from head to toe.
So what causes the fascia to dysfunction and cause pain, headaches, and restricted motion? According to John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, who is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author, and leading authority on Myofascial Release, "when one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation…the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body". He explains further that "Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery, or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries, has cumulative effects on the body".
It’s kind of like a piece of torn yarn in a knitted sweater…it effects the whole sweater; just as a disruption in the fascia effects the whole body.
Is there anything that can help? Yes! MFR - Myofascial release! Julie Leigh, registered and licensed occupational therapist and expert MFR therapist (using the John F. Barnes method) in Memphis, TN explains. "Myofascial Release is a safe and gentle holistic therapy approach that is highly effective for eliminating pain and restoring lost function. This unique form of therapy addresses restrictions in the fascial system…" . According to Julie memphismfr.com/, MFR can help in the following:
- Lessen pain and stiffness
- Improve strength, mobility, and endurance
- Reduce cramping and muscle spasm
- Enhance athletic performance
- Increase energy level
- Eliminate mental fogginess and headaches
- Decrease dependence on medications
- Potentially avoid surgery
- Restore your body’s balance and equilibrium
- Improve your overall quality of life
Thermal imaging (thermography) can detect areas in the body where myofascial dysfunction might be causing your pain. Often referred to as being able to “visualize pain”, thermography can guide you and your therapist by pinpointing the areas involved in your discomfort. This can help lead you to a more pain free life.
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