Since 2002 Specialized Therapy Services has been providing the Milwaukee area with comprehensive Myofascial Release programs. Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system
(or connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar
to a spider's web or a sweater.
Fascia is a very densely woven, covering that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein
as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most
interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is
actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to
see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a
Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all
structures including muscle, bone, blood vessels and nerves. These structures would not be able to have
the stability they do without the constant support of the fascial system. Think of our bones as tent poles, which cannot support the structure without the constant support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium.
In a normal, healthy state; the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience different forms of stress, physical trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability. Without pliability the tissue dehydrates and becomes crystallized. These restrictions can have a tensile strength up to 2000 pounds per square inch and influence comfort and the functioning of our body by exerting excessive pressure, producing pain or restrict proper range of motion of our joints.
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual and treat the restrictions that are preventing the body from moving into equilibrium. One-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatment sessions that use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. Myofascial Release promotes independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, through the enhancement of strength, flexibility and self awareness of posture and fluidity of movement.