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All About Fascial Manipulation!

WHAT IS FASCIA?

Fascia is a network of connective tissue found throughout our body, in which it surrounds muscles, bones, joints, nerves, vessels, and organs. You can consider it like a "Spiderman suit" where it is highly malleable and adaptive to change. Fascia is constructed in such a way where it has specific lines of tension relative to the planes of movement, and has multiple layers among these planes as well (i.e., superficial, investing, and deep). All of these lines interweave with one another, thereby influencing aspects such as mobility, digestion, pain, and more.

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WHAT IS FASCIAL MANIPULATION?

Fascial manipulation is a specific type of bodywork designed around changing specific lines of fascial tension in the body. Through various mechanisms of stress (e.g., physical, physiological, mental, emotional), fascial lines may develop increased tension, therefore affecting the other surrounding lines. If we are able to pinpoint areas of high tension, then we can restore balance and harmony throughout the entire system.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FASCIAL MANIPULATION?

As mentioned above, fascia influences numerous of aspects of health. If we can restore a balance of facial tension throughout the body then we may be able to experience benefits such as:

  • Decreased Pain

  • Reduced Inflammation

  • Improved Sleep

  • Restore Healthy Digestion

  • Reduction in Anxiety/Depression

  • Improved Performance

  • Increased Wound Healing


WHAT TO EXPECT

In contrast to typical massage sessions, Fascial Manipulation is a very specific type of bodywork that is treatment-focused. The practitioner starts with a thorough assessment to identify points of increased tension throughout the various fascial lines. Incidentally, these points may be characterized by discomfort and sometimes referral patterns (much like a trigger point), and typically feel like a grain of rice or a tense string beneath the skin. Once these points are found, the practitioner will work on them short period of time, in which they will literally start to melt away and become less painful. Once this has been done, the practitioner will perform a re-assessment to see if desired change throughout the fascial system has been achieved. For a given condition, it is common to see long lasting results within 1-5 sessions depending on the complexity of the case. In addition to fascial manipulation, there are many ways that a practitioner can both make the session more comfortable and decrease the number of sessions needed, such as with the application of Electrons Plus Guided PEMF or other tools.


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