Learn about the natural health benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy & find an Myofascial Release Therapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.
Fact: Every trauma that we have ever had is embedded in the fascia system.
Founded By: Physical Therapist, John F. Barnes and Osteopath Robert Ward (US) in the 1970s.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
WHAT EXACTLY IS MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY?
Myofascial therapy concentrates upon loosening and stretching the fascia and adjoining structures of the fascia, with the objective of re establishing movement to the individual’s face. The fascia and connecting tissues is a complex and deeply interwoven system, which interlinks and includes all of the major internal organs; heart, brain, spinal cord and lungs as well as each artery, nerve, bone, vein and muscle. The fascia operates as one complete system without disruption throughout the whole body from head to toe; each and every body part is interconnected with the other through the fascia.
The Myofascial therapy is tender and gentle in application, which when the restraints to the fascia are relieved can subsequently have intense effects throughout the whole body. Myofascial therapy can help a broad scope of physical impairments resulting from poor posture, injuries, scarring from trauma and accidents. The results from these traumas, applies uncharacteristic pressure and stress upon the fascia structures further causing a binding down on the fascia tissue.
A variety of health professionals can perform Myofascial therapy, which in turn supports and assists the subsequent treatment that is applied by the therapist, for example; massage therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists and sports injury therapists can all treat an individual with Myofascial therapy. Other treatments such as acupuncture and occupational therapy can also benefit greatly from this therapy.
Myofascial release may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MYOFASCIAL RELEASE SESSIONS
Sessions typically last between 45 minutes and 1 hour although you should expect the first session to be longer as your therapist will ask you about your medical history along with other relevant health and lifestyle details. The therapist will establish the inhibited areas of the fascia, determining the loss of movement and equilibrium within the body. Myofascial therapy is applied hands-on, utilizing gentle kneading style pressure, which is held for about two minutes, enabling the fascia to benefit from full stretching, lengthening and loosening of the muscle tissue. The stretch can be repeated in the same area until the therapist feels the muscle is relaxed and a release is sensed. The therapist will then progress onto the next area, consistently applying pressure towards the muscle fibers, which promotes a complete range of movement.
Furthermore, therapists are capable in locating hot spots, by feel alone. Often clients have grown used to the feeling of these hot spots so are unable to accurately locate them themselves. These hot spots are termed ‘myofascial trigger points’ the size and sensitivity of these points will ease through the course of treatments. The therapist from the client’s initial feedback concludes as to which muscles are to be treated and in which order. The therapist assesses a client’s improvement throughout treatment by the reduction in pain and progression within posture.
Although myofascial release is not massage, most patients find it very soothing enjoying the total release of body tension. A course of treatment may take place over a few weeks or months depending on the nature and intensity of your condition.
Most people find Myofascial release therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ). Myofascial release therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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