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Hove Massage Therapy

Myofascial Release

banner-therapeutic-massageThe term ‘Myofascia’ is derived from the Greek ‘myo’ meaning ‘muscle’ and ‘fascia’, meaning ‘band’. Myofascial Release technique is a very effective hands-on therapy that has been successfully used for over a hundred years to treat recurring injuries and pain.

The treatment is not a massage, but a specialist therapy used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. It decompresses nerves and muscles which are causing pain by releasing constrictions within the fascia network of the body.

Myofascia is the connective tissue within our bodies; it is a thin and continuous fibrous network made up of collagen, elastin and viscous fluid which covers, surrounds and supports all of the muscles, organs, bones, veins and nerves throughout the whole body, from head to toe.

It acts as the body’s shock absorber and helps to deal with injury; it responds to physical stress by thickening it’s fibres and the combination of collagen and elastin in it’s make-up allows it to be both strong and flexible. Like muscle, fascia has the ability to contract and relax and it plays a major role in the mobility and stability of our joints.

When you experience physical trauma or inflammation – caused by a fall, poor posture, repetitive motions, sports injury or arthritic conditions – healthy myofascia eventually loses it’s pliability, becoming restricted, hardened and scarred. This leads to tension in the body which can cause a number of problems such as:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain/Spasm
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Numbness, Pins & Needles
  • Poor Posture
  • Reduced Flexibility

Myofascial Release technique is applied directly on the body in small specific areas at a time. The therapist uses slow, sustained and sometimes deep pressure to gradually stretch and release the uneven tightness in injured fascia, the process is repeated until the area is fully released of tension and becomes relaxed. Release of myofascial restrictions in one area of the body can positively affect other areas through a consequential release of tension in the whole fascia system. This is because it is one connected and continuous layer which intertwines and surrounds the entire body.

Fascial hardening and restrictions do not show on X-rays or MRI scans, therefore many patients suffer from undiagnosed and unresolved physical pain. Progress can be measured by a decrease in the patient’s pain and an overall improvement in posture and mobility.

Our Myofascial therapist is Mrs Linda Thaper. Please visit her information page within the website for a full list of therapies and qualifications. A list of fees can be found in addition on the site.

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