Myofascial Release Technique
When attempting to understand what fascia is like in our bodies, the best analogy is to think about slicing a grapefruit in half. After removing the fruit from the rind, it is easy to see all of the individual compartments that are left. These translucent walls give shape and definition to the object. Fascia in our bodies acts very similar to these compartment walls. The function of fascia is to support and protect the following structures in our body: blood vessels, bones, muscles, organs and nerves.
Fascia is one continuous layer of connective tissue spreading from head to toe, but in three dimensions. It is closely integrated with all structures in our body, all the way down to a cellular level. As we age we accumulate compounding stresses to our fascial system. Fascial restrictions from poor posture or habitual motions, not to mention traumatic events, can slowly influence the structural mobility of our body and pull us out of alignment. These stresses can create pain and dysfunction.
Physical therapists trained in Myofascial release technique can reduce these restrictions by applying gentle pressure and mobilizing the tissues to reduce the viscosity of the ground substance between two fascia layers.