Fascia is a three-dimensional web that all the physical structures of our bodies rest in.Woven around every bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ, fascia connects every part of the body to another. The fascial system gives support and stability, yet allows for flexibility and motion. This tough connective tissue acts as a shock absorber in the body.
In a normal state, fascia moves and stretches freely. But when we experience trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia becomes tight; this is called Myofascial Restriction. Connective tissue becomes shortened following a fall, whiplash, or surgery, and progressively tightens over time if left untreated. This causes pain and decreased mobility, eventually resulting in faulty mechanics and altered structural alignment in the body.
Myofascial restriction does not show up on any of the standard tests done today (MRI, CAT scan, x-rays, etc.), but is the underlying case of most chronic pain problems that have not responded to traditional medical or surgical intervention. Myofascial Release technique has helped many people overcome long term (5-20 years) chronic pain problems, even after they were told “you have to live with it” or “it’s all in your head.”