Shannon Whitall, Owner and Expert Therapist at San Diego Myofacial Release answers and reviews some of the most popular questions that we receive on a regular basis.
Myofascial Release Q&A
What Is Fascia?
When we think of fascia, we tend to think of it as a continuous laminated sheet of connective tissue that runs, uninterrupted, from our head to our toes, from front to back. You might be surprised to learn though, that your fascia surrounds, runs through and permeates every other tissue and organ of the body... including cells, nerves, blood vessels, muscle and bone!
The photo on the left is a nerve cell. You can see that it is surrounded by fascia. And if there is a restriction in that fascia, you will most certainly feel it! Each restriction can put up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on these sensitive structures. No wonder people are walking around in chronic pain! Fascia does not show up on xrays or MRI's or CAT
scans. ..so most doctors will tell you "it's all in your head"; or give you a general diagnosis (fibromyalgia; chronic pain syndrome; etc). They'll prescribe some pain meds and send you on your way.
If this has been your experience, there IS HOPE, there IS HELP! The John Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release may be the answer for you. These therapists work specifically with the fascial system, to gently and slowly, without force, release the restrictions in the system. We treat the person as a whole, taking into account that you are more than just a bag of bones and muscles. ..you are a unique individual and soul with a lifetime of experiences, traumas, emotions, memories, etc! All of these play a part in your health and well being. Rather than focusing on just your symptoms, our goal, as John Barne's MFR Therapists, is to find the root cause of the problem, treat that, and thereby alleviate the symptoms! Makes sense, right?!
This is a safe and gentle treatment for people of any age and background. We don't hand out band-aids, we offer an AUTHENTIC HEALING opportunity!
-Written by Shannon Whitall, CMT #334
Owner at San Diego Myofascial Release
Expert John Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist
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