Myofascial Release Therapy: A Visual Guide to Clinical Applications

Myofascial Release Therapy: A Visual Guide to Clinical Applications

Holly Pinto

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 1583948457

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Michael Shea, one of the foremost experts on myofascial release, presents straightforward, practical instructions for dramatically releasing pain and restriction of motion in the body's fascia, muscles, and connective tissue. He introduces a soft tissue, hands-on approach for massage therapists, physical therapists, and other healthcare practitioners that reduces tension and stress in their clients' entire myofascial systems, as well as their musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. Therapists with little or no background in myofascial release and deep tissue reorganization can follow this book's easy guidelines in order to facilitate substantial orthopedic changes and pain reduction in their clients.

Illustrated with 70 black and white photos, Myofascial Release Therapy includes an at-a-glance section that provides a step-by-step procedure for quick reference. Each photo is supplemented with instructions, as well as with arrows for easy reference in the clinic. This book provides the first integration of the verbal, visceral, and palpation skills of the therapist. It also includes work on the viscera as a way of integrating soft tissue work through the abdomen and pelvis. While manuals on the bones, muscles, and viscera have previously been divided into separate volumes, this book combines them into one.

The author offers specific tools and protocols for helping patients "destructure" past somatic experience and reform it into something healthier. He illuminates the interconnectedness between bodies and their relationships to the outside world, including how sensations, feelings, and emotions are organized in the body and how they are coupled to meaning and memory. The result of many years of experience and knowledge, this book provides compelling evidence that myofascial release therapy encourages more rapid healing response of injured tissue.

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innervated by approximately six times as many sensory nerves than its red muscular counterpart. Additionally even the spindle receptors in the muscles are themselves found primarily in areas with force transfer from muscle to connective tissues. This includes many different types of sensory receptors, including the usually myelinated proprioceptive endings such as Golgi, Pacini, and Ruffini endings, but also a myriad of tiny unmyelinated free nerve endings, which are found almost everywhere in

Figure 10.7 What is really liked about this technique is that you can go down the entire length of the arm. While around the elbow, it is convenient to work the fascia off of the olecranon process. Below the elbow, you can get much more deeply into the interosseous membrane of the forearm. While working deeply in the forearm in this manner, have the client roll her arm very slightly back and forth or pronate then supinate the forearm, but very slowly so it does not throw your fingers out of

as the client turns her neck in the opposite direction. 4. Repeat this procedure three to four times. 5. Be sure to enter the tissue and then immediately move off at an oblique angle. Use soft seeing skills to avoid any defensive splinting that activates the sympathetic nervous system. Keep your vision softly trained on the client for breath changes, skin color changes, shaking, or tremoring, all of this being a sign of autonomic nervous system activation. Three sympathetic ganglia come

body makes from shock and/or trauma is called resignation. This response is hardwired into the nervous system and is seen quite often in the animal world. It is known as playing possum. The body collapses into a defenseless posture, and the soft tissue becomes hypotonic. This condition also has psychological correlates and usually is seen in endogenous depression (Herman, 1997). Together these two conditions frequently habituate into the myofascial system. The myofascial system responds best to

It is often fatal, but drugs to combat it are sometimes effective. (Mulvihill, 1980, p. 136) It is not unusual at all for clients to experience mild or moderate anaphylactic shock from prescription medications and food allergies. It would be valuable to screen clients for food allergies and to make sure of all known side effects from any medications they might be taking. Even mild anaphylactic shock will effect tissue tone. Some medications may also cause neurogenic shock. Because these

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