Myofascial Release: Relief for chronic pain and limited movement
Thousands of people are affected by chronic pain and the physical limitations it causes. If you are one of them, you may be interested in a bodywork technique called myofascial release, used by more and more people to reduce pain, increase comfortable movement and improve posture. "Myo" refers to muscle, and "fascia" to the elastic web of connective tissue that spreads throughout your body and ties it together. Muscles and fascia work together to support your body and facilitate movement. Myofascial release is a hands-on technique involving the application of stretches and pressure to the fascia and muscles. It relieves tension and pain by releasing and lengthening the fascia, which allows muscles to return to their correct position, length and function. Fascia supports and covers your muscles, and everything else including, organs, bones, and nerves. Fascia is interwoven like threads in fabric, connecting every part of the body to every other part. It binds the human body into an integral whole, allowing the proper function of moving structures including jonts, tendons and muscles. Fascia can become restricted and inelastic from trauma such as accidents and surgery, as well as from poor posture, chronic inflammation and overuse. Prolonged tension from stress or emotional upset can also cause restrictions. Restrictions in the fascia pull on muscles and other structures, causing tightness, pain and limited movement.
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