The Benefits of Myofascial Massage Feel like a tight drum?
To understand myofascial massage work, we have to understand what fascia is. Fascia is a thin light colored tissue that covers all the organs of the body. It is like glad wrap or saran wrap. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle and conducts very little blood.
All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit. When muscle fibers are injured, the fascia fibers that surround the red muscle become short, tight and misaligned. Nerves and muscles are compressed causing pain. The muscle becomes stressed and needs more blood.
Unfortunately the injured fascia causes a decrease of blood flow to the red muscle fibers. This diminished blood supply can not get enough calcium and oxygen fast enough to the muscle to release the carbon dioxide, toxins and acid. Pain and cramping results and a cycle of even more fascia build up, less blood and more pain begins to snowball!
(Fibromyalgia is a fancy word for muscle pain and there are many causes for it. This is one cause.) This uneven stress and fascia build up can also be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and a variety of symptoms in areas we often wouldn’t expect.
Most clients are surprised by how gentle myofascial massage is and find massage to be a very relaxing form of treatment.
Progress is measured by a decrease in the client’s pain and by an improvement in overall posture. However, many people in the work environment be it secretaries or lawyers are using the same muscles and the same postures all day long. Fascia and connective tissue continually builds up.
Massage can keep you pain free, and productive!