Maintenance of a healthy, active and relaxed body is enhanced by myofascial therapy.
Myofascial therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client. Essentially, the myofascial therapist promotes health by boosting the body’s own processes.
Myofascial therapy is known to:
- Change the oxygen capacity in the blood
- Promote more efficient muscle movement
- Increase the body’s secretions and excretions
- Either soothe or stimulate the nervous system
- Enhance skin condition
- Stimulate blood supply to internal organs
Understanding the effects of myofascial therapy on the body makes it possible to see the health and fitness benefits. Myofascial therapy has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate; increase oxygen/ CO2 capacity; increase lymph flow and reduce edema; and relieve and reduce certain types of back pain. Myofascial therapy reduces fatigue and aids recovery. Illnesses related to stress can also be counteracted by the soothing effects of myofascial therapy.
Although the theories of myofascial therapy are scientific in nature, it can be seen as a healing art as well affecting the body as a whole. The application of myofascial therapy involves sensitivity of touch, insight and intuition. The pleasurable relaxation experienced has far-reaching effects which contribute to a complete sense of wellness.