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Myofascial Release Therapy
Member since 2012

Kerry Benton

Nihil St
Alexandra VIC 3714

Myofascial Release is a tissue/structure mobilization technique. It is a highly interactive stretching and re-aligning technique, re-quiring feedback from the client’s body to determine the direction, force and duration of stretch.

Kerry Benton - Myofascial Release Therapy

This technique relies on the prem-ise that the practitioner can facilitate the client’s ability to self-correct soft tissue disfunction. We use our hands to apply a “sinking in” broad pressure, then gently focus movement away (either with cross hands or in-line) – (modification for me). The theory of increased viscosity of ground substance (thixotropy) is utilized as a premise for treatment in that the therapist can elicit lasting change in the fluidity, flexibility and elasticity of connective tissue by the myofascial release technique.

Direction of traction and force, duration is predicated by the tissue under the hands.

The different properties of connective tissue in the body and the functions of each one are listed below:

Collagen (protein) = Strength
Elastin (protein) = Flexibility (cushioning / shock absorption complex)
Ground-substance = Lubrication (Polysaccharide gel)

The function of connective tissue in the body is to bind; connect; separate; surround; cushion; support; house body structures; aid movement; transport fluids and energy. Restrictions in connective tissue can impact skeletal movement, organ function; central nervous system function; increase pain, tension, negatively affect general and emotional wellbeing, and predicate organic disease.

The name given to the process that changes the consistency of the ground substances back to solid from gel and the process that allows this to happen is called “Thixatropy” – (viscosity change to ground substance).

Thixotropy is the property of certain gels or fluids that are thick (viscous) under normal conditions, but flow (become thin, less vis-cous) over time when the above mentioned applications are applied. Thixotropic substances (ground substance) become solid when allowed to stagnate, i.e. tissue held in rigid postures. Ground substance viscosity is reduced via application of mechanical heat, stretching and bio electric energy to increase fluidity of ground substance.

In a myofascial treatment a minimum time each technique should be held to encourage the healing process is recommended.

After 90-120 seconds, tissue undergoes histological change to length for 1st release, then maximum benefit when held for 3 – 5 minutes.

2nd phase hold (3-5minutes) allows for long term change in connective tissue structures, re-configeration of the system and maximum Thixotropic effect after tissue change and lasting structural re-alignment.

Release of the transverse planes prior to treatment is important to initiate not only relaxation but reduction in sympathetic activity, improved respiration and flow of CFS (Cerebral Spinal Fluid). There are 3 main transverse planes in the body. Each transverse plane corresponds to a level on the spine, list below the corresponding level.

Respiratory diaphragm I T12 – L1
Pelvic diaphragm I L5 – S1
Thoracic inlet I C7 – T1

Why combine modalities? Using myofascial release therapy prior to other modalities will establish effective release in the body, assist in the relaxation of the client, facilitate improved fluidity, flexibility and reduced tension of connective tissue, facilitate/improve flow of energy and increase effect of massage and/or craniosacral therapy or other modality to be utilized.

Notable contra-indications to giving a myofacial treatment which require special consideration and planning and rated in order of importance are:

  • Aneurysm

  • Contagious Infection & Skin Disease

  • Acute Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Obstructive Oedema

  • Cellulitis

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