Integrated Myofascial Release

by admin on June 17, 2010

Have you been seeing a Chiropractor for back pain related to postural issues?  Have you been going week after week, month after month and not getting any results?  Or have the results only last for a week or a couple of days at a time?  Maybe the problem is not with your bones.  The problem can be with your connective tissue or what we call Fascia.  As we know Fascia is everywhere in the human body.  It surrounds all our muscles, organs, nerves, blood vessels, and connects it all to our bones.  In the picture shown, the Fascia is the white stuff.  The major problem when you have adjustments to your skeletal structure to correct your posture, the facia is not treated.

For instance, whenever you have had an injury, there is tearing in the muscle tissue or ligaments and scar tissue forms. Scar tissue that forms is not only just in your muscles, but in the fascia as well.  This scar tissue will shorten the Fascial tissue, creating a constant force or tension in the area.  This tension will act on your skeletal structure and will pull you joints out of position and the body will try to compensate for the imbalance.  This will lead to bad posture and when you have improper posture, you will end up with joint pain and muscle pain.

Second, the human body is meant to be in motion.  As we all know many of our jobs today require us to be seated or standing for long periods of time.  For instance any office job that requires us to sit at a computer, we find that our shoulders and lower back get sore.  Some may even end up having numbness or pain in the legs, arms and hands.  When the body is static for long periods of time the Fascia will actually shorten and become inflexible.  This happens because Fascia is Thixotropic.   Thixotropy basically, is a substance that can go from a soft state to a hardened state and back again.  When the Fascia is not moving it will go to more of a hardened state.  When this happens it will increase the tension in the area, and when it is between two joints (say between your knee and your pelvis) it will act as a tension force on those joints.  So when you are sitting at your computer for hours on end, day after day, and your butt gets sore and low back gets sore, it’s probably from your Fascia in those areas shortening.  So imagine if you have been sitting for years at a computer five days a week for 48 weeks a year, the amount of time your hamstrings will be in that shortened state.  What happens is the force of the tension in the hamstrings will actually pull your pelvis out of position, leading to improper posture.
Integrated Myofascial Release is used to treat these kinds of conditions.  With a thorough postural exam, I find the areas where the fascia is restricted and affecting posture.  With specific manual techniques, combined with motion of the joints, we bring the Fascia from its hardened state to a soft gel like state.  This will let the joints affected move properly, allowing your proper posture to return.  I take photographs of your posture in the first treatment, then every four treatments after that to show you how your posture is changing.  Integrated Myofascial Release is NOT the quick fix!  It takes several treatments to actually get the big changes in our posture.  When these changes do happen they tend to last, because, there are no abnormal forces acting on our joints that bring them out of position, causing bad posture.

So if you have had back pain for a long time, and have been seeing Chiropractors, Physiotherapists to correct your spine, and have not been getting results,  Maybe your Fascia is the problem.  If you believe this is what is happening to you, feel free to e-mail or phone me so I can go over any questions you might have about Integrated Myofascial Release and if that treatment is the right thing for you.

Michael Scottnicki

Michael Scottnicki
Registered Massage Therapist

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