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Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release in Chapel Allerton

What is Myofascia Release?

Myofascia release is a gentle, safe and very effective form of massage. Fascia differs from muscles in its makeup, so it requires a different approach. It responds to gentle and sustained light pressure, which allows the fascia to elongate.

Myo = muscle, Fascia = a three-dimensional network of connective tissues. This wraps around and runs through every body structure, i.e. muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, and internal organs.

Healthy fascia moves fluidly when we move. But when fascia gets damaged it becomes ‘sticky’. This can restrict our movement or the function of the structures it is restricting. Restrictions in one part of the fascial web can affect other parts of the fascia network too. It is like a snag in a pair of tights. The surrounding area suffers from the snag too.

Examples of injury to the fascia are: surgery and scar tissue, underuse or overuse of our body (think of posture and modern day lifestyle) psychological stress or trauma and dehydration.

Myofascia injuries and restrictions

There are a range of Myofascia injuries and restrictions and some examples include a direct blow to the body, (sports) injuries, inflammation, surgery and scar tissue, underuse, or overuse of the body, (psychological) stress or trauma, and even dehydration.

Fascial restrictions can affect range of movement, they can cause pressure and pain. This can lead to chronic pain conditions. Fascia is not visible on most forms of diagnostic imaging like X-rays, MRI scans, CAT scans, EMG. Hence people with chronic pain or chronic stiffness and tightness will not get a diagnosis based on fascial restrictions. However, a trained professional can feel the fascial restrictions and help to ease them. Releasing these restrictions can have a powerful effect.

How does myofascia release work?

Myofascia release is a gentle, safe and very effective form of massage. Fascia differs from muscles in its makeup, so it requires a different approach. It responds to gentle and sustained light pressure, which allows the fascia to elongate.

Myofascia is a bit like corn flour starch -if a strong pressure is applied it hardens but when gentle pressure is resting on it, fascia melts and becomes pliable.

During treatment, work is mostly aimed at the superficial fascia, just a few millimetres below the skin. This superficial layer connects via millions of diagonally arranged fascial threads leading down the deep fascia surrounding and supporting our internal organs, muscles, and other deeper structures. This is why myofascial release can have a deep and long-lasting effect.

It is important to also engage in self-care advice and gentle stretches. Exercises such as a weekly Pilates class will also be very helpful as it will encourage the body to use its new-found freedom of movement adopt new and more efficient movement patterns.

Myofascia release is suitable for anybody from elite athletes to those who can barely move due to chronic pain. Due to its gentle touch even those with high sensitivity can tolerate and benefit from myofascial release, often finding that it reduces the hypersensitivity of the skin and structures below the skin.

Examples of conditions that can be treated at Myofascial Release in Chapel Allerton at our therapy rooms

  • Back pain – with or without sciatic pain
  • Headaches, depending on their cause
  • Osteoarthritic joints (MFR can relieve symptoms and provide more comfort but not cure osteo arthritis)
  • Postural issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Facial pain
  • Scars
  • Repetitive strain in arms/ wrists
  • Brachial plexus and other nerve related problems in arms or legs
  • chronic tight hamstrings and glutes

HOW TO BOOK A SESSION

To book in for Myofascial Release or Physio please email Christa here.

READ OUR CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

I've attended myofascia release sessions with Christa to see whether it might relieve atypical facial pain. After each session I've experienced significant reduced tension in my neck and shoulders and increased ease of movement and slight lessening of the pain in my face. I always recommend Christa to anyone looking for a physio or myofascia release practitioner! She has treated myself and my husband for many years and each time she makes you feel at ease, she is truly invested in your recovery and she is excited and inspired by her profession. We have full confidence in Christa and we are really grateful for her kind professionalism.

I have recently been visiting Christa Chiyesu to treat a long-term problem brought about by 15 years of intensive motorway driving. My arms, shoulders and neck were stiff and extremely painful. Following an initial and thorough consultation, a diagnosis was made and treatment commenced. This included intense massage and myofascial release. Supported by exercises carried out at home on my own. I am delighted to report that an immediate improvement continued throughout the therapy.  I have now regained full movement, have no pain and can carry out all the physical tasks I have been avoiding. I am so grateful and have no hesitation at all in recommending Christa to anyone looking to ease pain and increase movement.

I was referred to Christa from my physiotherapist as she specialised in chronic pain and pain relief. The myofascial release massage has been unbelievably helpful to ease the discomfort of a long term condition and the Pilates exercises definitely help strengthen and alleviate the pain between sessions. I’ve tried very many physiotherapists and massage therapists and none have come close to Christa with helping to give me back freedom of movement and movement without pain. I’ve recommended the services to friends and family and am so grateful I found someone who could help when it seemed no one else could.

I have visited Christa several times for excruciating back, neck and hip pain over the past couple of years.    Like most of us, I was confined to working at home in an office and suffered with sitting for long periods of time during the lockdown period.    I had a limited range of motion with my back extension, lumbar movement, and especially with any rotational based movement.    I am forever indebted to Christa for introducing me to the world of myofascial and visceral release. With her extensive knowledge of these techniques, treatments, and ball worked with me to not only improve my quality of life, but also to give me fantastic aftercare, with an exercise and stretching plan to provide that ongoing support.    I now have a much wider range of movement in my hips, back and neck and can now enjoy walking and other exercise with a new degree of confidence and am happy to confirm I am now able to move completely pain free.    Thank you so much Christa!

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