Hummingbird Natural Health
Myofascial Unwinding

Fascia

Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater.  You can also look at it as the part you need to cut through when separating the skin of a chicken from the meat.  It is that seran-like covering that encases every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.  The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings.  It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption.  So 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 sweater.  

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions.  The fascial will become tight and restricted, which will then restrict the flow of blood, nerves or energy meridians withing that muscle or organ.  Long-term restrictions may result in thick fibrous areas within the fascia that will cause dysfunction and eventually dis-ease within the systems of the body.  

Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures.  In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed  and wavy in configuration.  It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.  When you experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, inflammation or even prolonged strains and tension, poor posture, the fascial loses it pliability.  It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.   

Fascial restriction can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches, restriction of motion and so much more.  Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.  

Treatment

Treatment involves placing both hands on the appropriate body part and following the tissue demands, very subtly twisting, turning and pulling wherever they wish to go, I just follow where your body wants to go.  This continues until a point of resistance is encountered, where the original trauma is located.  This point, known as a still point is where the crucial moment of fascial release occurs.  By gently staying with this resistance, it will eventually dissolve and the tissues will settle down to a more balanced and freely mobile state, no longer pulled out of alignment by the former tensions and pulls.

Fascial unwinding can be carried out on any part of the body, on an arm, a leg, on the abdomen, a sprained ankle, a tense pericardium, a frozen shoulder, a twisted knew, an old operation scar, a spastic colon, etc.  For some, where multiple traumas through car accidents, falls, or where generalised emotional tension is being held in the body, whole body unwinding may take place.  Some may release by crying, becoming angry, confused, or even start laughing or become happy.