Myofascial Release restores tissue glide, improves movement, and reduces pain

As I mentioned in my previous post about Myofascial Release for Hip Flexors, Myofascial Release re-opens the spaces between muscle layers so that they can be rehydrated with the gliding fluid necessary for proper movement. When we are still for long periods, these spaces lose their lubricating fluid. Movement helps this slippery fluid move back into the spaces between layers of the myofascia so that we can move easily.

It is hard to believe that soft tissue can be the cause of this limited range of motion, but myofascia has a very high tensile strength. Dysfunctional non-gliding myofascia can limit your range of motion as surely as if there were a bone in the way. 

Myofascial Release for the neck and shoulders

People who must use a computer for their job often sit still in one position all day. This causes the gliding surfaces of the myofascia to lose their lubrication which causes the surfaces to stick to each other. When the gliding surfaces of the myofascia stick together, this generates pain at the end range of movement. It also causes reduced range of motion, such as being unable to turn your head fully.

Myofascial Release reduces neck pain arising in the soft tissues

 

Central upper trapezius muscles can become painful. Myofascial Release can help reduce pain and increase mobility.

Central upper trapezius muscles can become painful. Myofascial Release can help reduce pain and increase mobility.

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Myofascial Release for the neck and shoulders targets the specific places in your body which fall into pain over a long day at the computer: neck muscles and the upper trapezius. Using both pressure and movement, we can re-hydrate the gliding spaces in your neck and shoulder muscles so that pain is reduced and mobility increases. This is a pleasant application and often results in very quick results. 

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.