Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore range of motion. This technique is gentle and has many facets as it is designed to address the effects of trauma in the body. Trauma (physical and/or emotional), inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions.
I have been studying Myofascial Release with Dr. John Barnes since 2010. I have found that his technique of Myofascial Release is a natural complement to Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Fascia is a 3-dimensional webbing that runs throughout the body, sheathing around muscle, tendon, bone, even cells. I often describe it like a loofah sponge.
When the fascia is healthy, it is like a wet loofah, porous and pliable, with fluids easily moving throughout. Imagine that running through these porous spaces are also your nerve, lymph, and blood capillaries. When the fascia has been traumatized, it is like a loofah sponge that has been wrung out and dried in a twisted, tight position. Not only does this effect our nervous system, contributing to pain patterns in the body, but it also impedes circulatory and lymphatic flow.
I have been pleased by the added benefit of treating my clients with this technique, as it offers significant opening to the fluid layer of the body, and also reveals and alleviates many longstanding pain patterns related to the congestion in the body.