Myofascia Manipulation has been around for a long time but it’s only in the last 10-15 years that it has started to receive rightful attention from the world of bodyworkers. Bodywork in general is in constant evolution and nowadays Myofascia Manipulation has become a vital part in the work of many manual practitioners, including osteopaths, physiotherapists, structural integration therapists, movement practitioners, yoga and Pilates instructors, personal trainers and sports coaches.
If you have ever received a massage or other form of bodywork, you might have heard the therapist say that, “everything is connected to everything”. This is all well and good, but how? Oriental medicine has its own energy system that connects the energy generated in our internal organs to various parts of our mechanical body. This is done so through a web of channels called meridians. Although this ancient medical system is very effective in treating various problems on a musculoskeletal and chemical level, there is no clear evidence to how it really works.
New studies have started to realise that the meridian channels in oriental medicine run through Myofascia (Myo= Muscle, Fascia=Connective Tissue) planes and along nerves. It is this web of Myofascia that has started to attract the attention of many western practitioners and the medical world in general.
The bones don’t support the muscles and internal organs, but rather the forces generated by this Myofascia web that support them all. During our daily life, the accumulation of physical and mental stress, sport and domestic injuries, along with a long list of other factors that affect our structure and the way we function, cause our bodies to become less functional. This often carries with it a great deal of discomfort and often pain.
A Tangible Mechanical Connection
Manual therapists now understand it is this gluey web of connective tissue that creates a tangible mechanical connection. For example, tissue down your feet, if traumatised, can create a line of pull that can travel as far as your neck. This can create discomfort and pain in any area along this line of pull.
Mainstream medicine is actively studying the interaction on a cellular level between the fascia and cells. This is based on the understanding that if cells are separated from the fascia surrounding them, the cellular function is either altered or stopped all together. This demonstrates the vital importance the fascia plays, even on a chemical level.
So what? Lots of words but how does it work in practice?
You might be wondering what it is that Myofascia Massage Tunbridge Wells can do for your sore shoulder, back pain, arthritic knee or neck problem that has been there for such a long time?
Going through various Myofascia Manipulation sessions has many advantages. Besides being very effective in treating pain of various origin, during the process you will achieve a better aligned body that is more energy efficient and mechanically freer. You will have a new sense of well being altogether. Breathing and bowel movements can also improve consequently.
What Happens During a Session and How Many Will I Need?
A thorough body analysis and a full medical history is vital to try to accurately pin point the cause of your discomfort and pain. It can also help us to tailor the session to your own specific needs.
This observation is needed in order to understand how your body relates to gravity, whilst moving and standing. The way you breathe and how your chest moves whilst doing so is also extremely important, as it affects even your most basic actions.
Active movement is necessary in order to manipulate and reposition the tissue. During the course of the session, you will actively participate with the therapist whilst strokes are applied. Climbing on and off the table is also important, in order for you to immediately experience the work that’s been carried out. This can help your nervous system to absorb and adapt to it.
Myofascia Manipulation sessions are usually quite deep, yet very relaxing, particularly at the end. This is when most of our clients who are seeking Myofascia Manipulation experience a freer, better aligned and easy to hold body.
The amount of Myofascia Manipulation required to achieve a better structural balance and a longstanding result varies from person to person. However, in our expert experience, between three and 10 sessions are usually needed in order to eliminate any concern.
The session is concluded with a second body analysis and if necessary your therapist will recommend different exercises in order to help you to maintain and improve the work done and give you tools that you’ll need for yourself maintenance.
Who Can Benefit from Myofascia Manipulation?
Myofascia Manipulation is now widely used by sports men and women in all disciplines, This is due to its effectiveness for relieving discomfort and sport injuries and keeping athletes in peak performance condition. Having said this, it is not just for sportspeople but for people in all walks of life and occupations that understand that the importance of keeping a better alignment is vital for a more functional freer body.
Conditions that can be Helped and Treated with Myo-fascia Manipulation
Easing of tension and stiffness
Repetitive strain injuries
Debilitating head aches