MYOFASCIAL, OSSESOUS AND VISCERAL TREATMENT
My feeling is that in many instances folks have lost connection to parts of their body often as a result of some painful stimulus, some injury or traumatic event or even some repetitive stress or strain has resulted in their blocking the ability to feel and control the area. Conversely the same region will be the location of "perceived pain". Often general and hard to precisely locate but then punctuated by bouts off sharp specific pain. Pain is also often associated with movement in the area and so reinforces the dissociation and lack of motor control which has given in to broad splinting in the body. I use Myofascial Release Techniques together with Trigger Point release and Active Release Technique to help the tissue with better hydration and mobility so that they may become more pliable and this process helps with allowing bones that have come out of place to return to their rightful place in the natural alignment of our bony structure. This approach gets to the actual source of the discomfort and treating that dysfunction, rather than chasing symptoms around the body and never getting results. Clients often feel immediate relief that lasts longer than the quick endorphin release achieved in spa settings. This work is very powerful and effective, as it structurally realigns the body, correcting poor posture, and allowing the patient to be free of the pain that poor alignment brings.
One of the things that I find particularly useful is to have clients contract and release musculature in the region while I am pressing firmly onto the fascia, muscle and other tissues that seem to be involved. Initially the client can only contract large global regions. Eventually they are able to differentiate more and are able to exhibit finer control throughout the area. As they are able to do this they usually report a lessening of generalized pain. I will often work from point to point throughout a region, e.g. the lower back, until they have more control throughout. As they gain more localized awareness they also gain more ability to control the movement in the area and the ability to more deeply contract and also relax the musculature and surrounding tissues. The association of movement with pain usually seems to lessen. often clients are able to move pain free, at least for a period after the treatment.
I encourage clients to work on this themselves so that they reinforce the new awareness. Working with a foam roller or softball to create the pressure and focal points for movement. One of the essential parts of this is that the client learns to feel the contraction in to pressure and then the subsequent release. Also useful is for them to feel weight or pressure transferring from one body landmark to another as they move or as they contract or relax.
This speaks to the intelligence of tissue and it's ability to adapt and grow whilst being put through various activities and Range of Motion for the joints.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, Myofascial Release is increasingly being used as a preventive health measure. Massage in general is known for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including (but not limited to):
- Migraine/tension Headaches
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Orthopedic Problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Stress and Tension-Related Problems
- Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Immune Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post-Surgical Dysfunction/Scar tissue
- Pre and Post Natal conditions
- Tail Bone Pain or Coccygeal Pain
Fascia is a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle, bone or other organs and connecting it to all other aspects of the body in the immediate are as well as holding it in it's allocated space within the area. Think of it as the foam filler around everything and in-between everything in the body.
Bone tissue, or osseous tissue, is the major structural and supportive connective tissue of the body. Bone tissue forms the rigid part of the bones that make up the skeleton. This tissue is connected to all the muscles and tendons and is surrounded by fascia that aids with support and function of the body as a whole.
Viscera is the internal organs in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdomen, e.g. ,the intestines. These organs are all held within the abdominal cavity which makes up the core of our body. They are all surrounded and held in place by fascia.
The abdominal cavity is hardly an empty space. It contains a number of crucial organs including the lower part of the esophagus, the stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and bladder.
The peritoneum is a continuous transparent membrane which lines the abdominal cavity and covers the abdominal organs (or viscera). It acts to support the viscera, and provides a pathway for blood vessels and lymph. Pain from the visceral peritoneum is referred to areas of skin (dermatomes) which are supplied by the same sensory ganglia and spinal cord segments as the nerve fibres innervating the viscera.