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Myofasical Release Therapy is a manual therapy technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue to release restrictions and restore motion. It aims to alleviate pain, improve flexibility, and enhance overall well-being by addressing tension and adhesions within the fascia, the network of connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs.

I have an interest in trauma and its affects on the body and mind, as someone that has had traumas over my life, and due to my interest in psychology. We have all had some sort of trauma in our lives, be it emotional or physical, big or small, that can stay with us, stuck or frozen in the body at the cellular level, and negatively impact our lives today if not addressed. Myofascial Release Therapy can help resolve trauma in the body related to the below mechanisms:

  1. Promoting Tissue Fluidity: Myofascial release techniques aim to restore the natural fluidity and elasticity of the fascia. By applying gentle sustained pressure or stretching to the affected areas, myofascial release can help break up adhesions, release tension, and improve the flow of fluids such as blood, lymph, and interstitial fluid. This enhanced fluid movement facilitates the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells while aiding in the removal of metabolic waste products and toxins. In turn, cellular health and function can be optimized, promoting tissue healing and repair.

  2. Modulating Cellular Response to Stress: Trauma can trigger cellular stress responses, leading to inflammation, tissue damage, and dysfunction. Myofascial release therapy can help modulate these responses by promoting relaxation and reducing tension in the affected tissues. By alleviating mechanical compression and restoring normal tissue tension, myofascial release can downregulate stress-related signaling pathways and promote a more balanced cellular environment. This may help mitigate the negative effects of chronic stress and trauma on cellular function.

  3. Enhancing Cellular Communication: Fascia contains a rich network of sensory receptors, including mechanoreceptors, proprioceptors, and nociceptors, which play key roles in sensing mechanical stimuli, proprioception, and pain perception. Myofascial release techniques stimulate these sensory receptors, sending signals to the central nervous system and influencing neural pathways involved in pain modulation and motor control. By improving proprioceptive feedback and reducing pain signaling, myofascial release therapy can enhance cellular communication and promote more efficient neuromuscular function.

  4. Facilitating Cellular Remodeling: Myofascial release therapy can promote cellular remodeling by inducing mechanical strain on tissues, which activates cellular responses involved in tissue repair and remodeling. This process, known as mechanotransduction, triggers a cascade of biochemical signaling pathways within cells that regulate gene expression, protein synthesis, and extracellular matrix remodeling. By promoting a more favorable cellular environment for tissue repair, myofascial release therapy can facilitate the resolution of trauma-related tissue changes and promote adaptive remodeling and regeneration.

Overall, Myofascial Release Therapy can exert profound effects on cellular function and tissue health by restoring tissue fluidity, modulating cellular stress responses, enhancing cellular communication, and facilitating adaptive remodeling. By addressing trauma at the cellular level, myofascial release therapy can help promote comprehensive healing and recovery from physical and emotional trauma.

Book your Myofascial Release treatment here to start relieving your body of trauma so you can live a more content life, without triggers and unhelpful coping mechanisms.

 Joanna is the Massage and Yoga Therapist at Metta Yoga and Massage, with over 20 years experience. She has over 1500 hours of training in ITEC and many CPD Diplomas in Massage therapies, and in Yoga Alliance teacher training qualifications, and has trained in the UK, Thailand, and India. Contact Joanna now to enquire about therapies that can help you relieve pain and tension, injury, stress, and improve flexibility and mobility or Book Therapies Here.

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