What Is Fascia?
Fascia is a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that courses through the body in a continuous fashion from your head to your fingers and toes. It surrounds every muscle, nerve, bone, organ and cell in the body. The purpose of fascia is to not only give support to tissues by holding them together, but also to allow structures to independently move without creating friction. While fascia cannot be visualized on X-rays, CT scans or MRIs it can be assessed by trained therapists.
When fascia is subjected to chronic inflammation or other trauma, it loses some of its extensibility. Over time, it becomes more rigid, creating tension within the three-dimensional system. These restrictions can exert up to 2,000 lb/square inch of pressure on structures, including pain sensitive structures such as nerves. It is this tension that pulls on structures within the body, leading to pain, loss of motion and decreased function. Whether the source of trauma is scarring due to surgery, habitual poor posture, emotional tragedies or repetitive stress injuries, the end result is decreased overall function and quality of life.
JFB Myofascial release is an effective hands-on approach that provides sustained relief of myofascial restrictions, thereby improving range of motion, ease of movement and increased body awareness. Combined with self-treatments and strengthening, it allows the patient to significantly decrease and/or eliminate pain and improve function.
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