Fascia tissue wraps around all the muscles, bones, joints, and organs in the body, holding them in place and providing structure. Fascia also communicates neural signals, transmits force and provides stability across muscle groups. Muscles and connective tissues work in tandem providing pathways across the body. Injuries or restrictions in one section of this pathway will cause an overload of stress to the human structure.
Therapists can uncover and help equalize postural imbalances by focusing on these associated connective tissues and muscles.
The knots you feel in your back and neck after a long day at the desk, driving or daily stress will throw off your posture causing other areas in the body’s structural tissues to compensate causing shortening or lengthening of muscles.
Massage Therapy Treatment
As demonstrated in the image it is clear that a slight imbalance in the body’s structure will affect several areas in the body and in turn will affect everyday quality of life. A Registered Massage Therapist will implement corrective massage to create efficient alignment of your bones and muscles. Doctors tend to treat pain using medication and surgery rather than getting to the root of the problem; the musculoskeletal imbalance.
Using corrective massage requires the patient to participate in flexing and releasing certain muscles during the massage to accelerate the results and to re-educate the body so that muscles and the structure come back into balance. When the body is in balance, it is pain free allowing greater range of motion and strength.
Structural Imbalances can cause the following debilitating conditions:
- Chronic or acute headaches (migraines)
- Lower back problems such as sciatic pain, sacroiliac joint pain, hip imbalances &
spinal muscular restrictions
- Neck and shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears
- Knee tendinitis and restrictions
- Chronic pain
- Scar tissue restrictions
Some of the modalities used to correct imbalances are:
- Active Release Therapy (ART)
- Cross-Fiber Friction
- Neuromuscular Therapy (Trigger Point Therapy)
- Myofascial Release Massage
- Massage Cupping
- Sport Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
Always choose an experienced Registered Massage Therapist to prepare a program that is tailored directly to your specific needs and should include massage, stretching and strengthening exercises.