What is fascia?
Fascia is a continuous woven layer of connective tissue that wraps the human body from head to toe like a spider web or a knit sweater. It is a specialized system covering and compartmentalizing the muscle, nerves, blood vessels, internal organs, and the bones in the whole body like a permeable wall and allows communication to happen.
There are three different layers of fascia. The superficial fascia is directly below the skin and is the layer that primarily determines the shape of the body. It also surrounds organs, glands, neurovascular bundles. The deep fascia surround and infuses with muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bone. The deepest fascia sits within the dura of the cranial sacral system.
What is myofascial alignment therapy?
Myofascial alignment therapy is a series of gentle movement and manipulation administered to re-align the soft tissue and fascia back to its original optimal and functional position. The goal of the myofascial alignment therapy is to remove the cause of soft tissue and joint pain which could result from trauma, muscle sprain/strain, repetitive movement or injuries, habitual poor posture, and nerve impingement due to herniated disk.
What conditions and symptoms can myofascial therapy treat?
- Pain in any area of the body (headache, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, carpal tunnel, elbow pain, back pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis etc.)
- Tightness of the tissue or muscle on one side of the body
- Numbness and tingling on the limbs
- Feeling of excessive pressure on muscles and joint that produces pain
- Enhance athletes’ performance in the sports competition
- Prevent injuries in athletes’ post-competition by ensuring the natural alignment is maintained
- Assist other treatments to increase effectiveness of the treatment such as acupuncture, physical therapy etc.
What can I do to help recovery?
- Applying heat to soothe the muscle or apply ice to swollen area
- Using non-prescription NSAID such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen for inflammation or pain
- Doing physical exercises to help re-train and re-strengthen the muscles