Veronica Quarry

            Holistic Healing

What is Fascial Mobilization and Myofascial Release?

Fascia is continuous, interconnected connective tissue that surrounds all anatomical structures:  muscles (myofascia), bones, organs, nerves, and lymph and blood vessels.  (A very familiar form of fascia is that shiny layer of soft tissue that we see covering a piece of chicken breast.)  The fascia supports and protects each anatomical structure but also separates these structures so as to enable each body part to freely engage in its own functional activity in an optimal way.  Because the fascia surrounds all body parts and is interconnected from head to toe, it plays a vital role in health and well being.

Fascial restrictions can result from events, experiences or conditions such as intrauterine positioning, birth trauma, physical or emotional stress or trauma, scar tissue from injury or surgery, inflammatory processes, overuse syndromes, postural imbalances and other compensatory patterns.  Fascial restrictions may not be immediately apparent but over time they lead to asymmetries, imbalances, pain and/or dysfunction.  Furthermore, because the fascia is interconnected throughout the body, restrictions in one area may affect more distant body parts.  (For example, restrictions at the base of the spine from a fall onto the coccyx could result in subsequent headaches.)   

Clients with fascial restrictions will often present with vague or unusual symptoms of pain, stiffness or tension that are difficult to diagnose.  Fascial restrictions will not appear on X-ray, MRI or on standard medical examinations.  These restrictions are also not likely to respond to standard treatment protocols such as medication, therapeutic exercise or other standard modalities.

Therapists trained in Fascial Mobilization and Myofascial Release can detect fascial restrictions. Then, using gentle, hands-on techniques and a Total Body Approach, a skilled therapist will help the client unwind and release restrictions throughout the body that are causing imbalances, pain and/or dysfunction.  When restrictions are released clients typically experience less pain, tension and dysfunction and have a greater sense of relaxation, peacefulness and functional mobility.