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Eugene Wood, Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist
"Shortly after my mother had a mild stroke, I noticed that one side of her face began to draw unnaturally.
I contacted Eugene Wood to find out if myofascial release therapy could help. He asked us to visit his office so that he could assess the situation.
After four sessions, her face looked more natural.
She has continued the massage program and asked Eugene to address some muscle groups that she felt had been affected by the stroke."
The best way to visualize what fascia is and how it behaves is to imagine anywhere from one to several layers of saran wrap creating an envelope around every muscle, bone and organ in the body. Imagine that nerves must pass through the saran wrap in order to reach the muscles, etc.
Now, if that saran wrap is suddenly tightened, as often happens after an injury, surgery, or traumatic event, it is easy to see how the blood vessels and nerves could become pinched.
When the fascial planes are relieved from chronic compression, regardless of what caused the compression, the expected result is that the blood and lymph will circulate, muscles will lengthen, and breathing typically becomes deepened. It is hard to imagine a condition that will not gain benefit from these effects!
However, it is important to mention any unusual medical conditions to your therapist so that they can respond appropriately.
Benefits and Indications
Whether you are involved is sports, or are just involved in living, the chances are that you have noticed a change in your range of motion from time to time. One of the interesting things about fascia is that, just like saran wrap, it can stick to itself! In Myofascial Massage Therapy, this is known as an "adhesion." Adhesions prevent the fascial planes from freely sliding against each other.
Blood and fluids have a difficult time circulating into an area that is chronically guarded. Without the blood, preferably saturated with oxygen and nourished with the iron to carry it, the injured tissue is not likely to fully recover.
This tendency leads too many people to believe that a full recovery is not possible. While this may be the case sometimes, it is certainly not the case most of the time!
Myofascial Release Therapy is a therapeutic modality that is focused on relieving strain on underlying tissues through affecting the network of fascial tissue that wraps and sections off every individual muscle and muscle group. The fascia organizes the individual muscle and allows it to glide freely against another muscle.
It also organizes the muscle group, which allows primary and secondary movements to coordinate movements within a specific group.
An example of this is the way it is possible to do two actions at the same time, such as pushing out of the shoulders while simultaneously pushing the arms inward towards each other.
How Does Myofascial Release Therapy Work?
This modality concentrates on allowing the underlying structures to move freely beneath the fascial planes. The definition of underlying structures includes muscles, nerves, organs and blood vessels. There are other important structures as well, but these are the main ones, and they are easy to visualize. All of these structures are organized by a thin network of tissue called fascia.
You can expect to be able to talk with them about your medical conditions as well as your ambitions for recovery. These therapists are trained to be a member of your personal recovery team, and you can expect a kind of personalized attention that is increasingly hard to find in the general medical professions.
Discuss your goals with your therapist, because they are highly-trained professionals who receive specialized training on how to improve your condition.
All therapists including practitioners of Myofascial Release Therapy in NYC or Wantagh, Long Island must pass examinations in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and several other subjects in order to practice in this state.
Myofascial Release Therapy in NYC and Wantagh NY
How A Myofascial Release Therapist Can Improve Your Health
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Although there are different methods on how to restore the soft tissues to a healthy state, Myofascial Release Therapy concentrates on relieving the "wound up" sensation that so often accompanies major traumatic events. The body intuitively "guards" against further injury after being injured; however, by doing so, it often remains in that state of chronic guarding. If this occurs for too long a period of time, the guarding reaction may become fixed. The permanently shortened tissue is called a "contracture."
By unwinding these fascial planes, the mental and physical guarding can be coaxed into lengthening, which allows blood and nutrients to reach the injured tissues.
This can explain why your muscles may feel strong one day but weak the next. Or perhaps you have noticed that you cannot do the same things that you used to do?
When you seek a qualified practitioner of Myofascial Release Therapy in NYC or Wantagh, Long Island, you will likely experience a return of some of these abilities, so it is important to never waste the opportunity to ensure that the changes can be maintained. Make a wish-list of the things you would like to be able to do again. Make sure that you ask your therapist how to track your improvement. List the things that improve your condition and the things that make it worse; do more of the first and less of the second!
"Myofascial Release Therapy concentrates on detecting myofascial connective tissue restrictions and applying gentle sustained pressure to eliminate pain and restore motion for improved muscle function. When the fascial planes are relieved from compression, it is hard to imagine a condition that will not benefit from this massage."
-Eugene Wood, LTM
They cause a feeling of tightness or even pain as the nerves that perforate the fascia become pinched. This can result in a myriad of sensations, all of which are associated with nerves in trouble: Shooting, prickling, stinging, pins and needles, etc.
Even if there is no dramatic sensation, a pinched nerve will certainly supply the muscle that it innervates with a lower amount of energy.
Please Contact Us now with any questions and concerns that you have about this effective method of reducing pain and restoring the range of motion in your body. Our experts in Myofascial Release Therapy in NYC and Wantagh, Long Island offer an incentive to new clients of $20 off on your first visit. It is our way of thanking you for the opportunity to demonstrate this powerful healing modality!