The goal of fascial therapy is to reduce restrictions so that tissues and joints are able to move better and there are fewer structural dysfunctions and imbalances.
In simple terms, fascial therapy stretches the fascia and can be used anywhere there are fascial restrictions. Fascial massage grasps tissue and moves the underlying structures. This helps to change the consistency of the tissue.
Muscle restrictions are determined by assessing the tissue and then a force is applied to affect a change. The therapist feels for the change in the tissue and then follows the release into the next barrier, using pushes and pulls, and specific hand positions, such as the cross-hand technique.
Massage therapists might use a cross-hand technique, stretching the fascia in opposite directions and combining sustained pressure and stretching to decrease pain and increase range of motion. Or, they may focus on easing trigger points and adhesions to enhance flexibility.
Everyone can benefit from some aspect of fascial therapy. Fascial therapy can be used as part of a general massage session or to address specific concerns. Myofascial release is effective in treating back, neck and foot pain, general joint pain, headaches, nerve entrapment issues, and pain and dysfunction associated with scar tissue.
This type of therapy has also found to benefit people suffering from posture problems, limited range of movement, scar tissue, athletic injuries and muscle strain. Fascial therapy is able to help clients have improved body position, reduce pressure on painful structures, and improve overall mobility. Fascial therapy is a beneficial technique to include in a program for most clients.