Why Fascia Is So Important
Just as we have emphasized the importance of addressing joint restrictions, we must also take a comprehensive approach to treating myofascial restrictions. (The prefix "myo" refers to muscle or related to muscle, while fascia refers to the connective tissue that infuses and surrounds every structure in the body.
The Fascia Research Journal describes the fascia system in a very concise way. "The fascial system builds a three-dimensional continuum of soft, collagen-containing, loose and dense fibrous connective tissue that permeates the body and enables all body systems to operate in an integrated manner."
Fascia plays a critical role in communication, in maintaining a memory of our body’s history, while also acting as a tensional network. Any techniques we use to address this myofascial system must be able to address not only local problems, but also the multiple inter-connections of our fascial system.
Dr. Brian Abelson
Best-selling author, Dr. Brian Abelson, is the Clinical Director of Kinetic Health, an innovative health care facility that places a special focus on getting people back into an active, pain-free lifestyle.
Dr. Evangelos Mylonas
Dr. Mylonas’ integrated treatment approach combines the latest in manipulative and soft-tissue therapies in conjunction with functional rehabilitative exercise protocols.
An Active Release (ART) practitioner since 2002 with over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Mylonas has had the privilege of treating patients in Canada as well as in Europe.
Addressing Fascial Restrictions
There are numerous techniques that we use to address myofascial restrictions in the body. Which techniques we use will depend on the specific case. We combine multiple techniques to achieve optimum results with each individual case. NO one technique address the needs of all individuals.
Dr. Abelson and Dr. Mylonas both have extensive training Fascial Release procedures. In fact, both Dr’s travelled to Italy to be trained at the Stecco Medical institute to receive extensive training fascial diagnostic and treatment procedures (Level one and two).
In addition, Dr. Abelson has been an active participant in the International Fascial Research Congress (FRC). The International Fascia Research Congress is a multidisciplinary consortium of leading science researchers and health care professionals with a focus on the myofascial system. The FRC started in 2007 at Harvard Medical School, the most recent Congress was in Berlin Germany.
Motion Specific Release & Fascial Restrictions
Motion Specific Release (MSR) is the myofascial treatment system that Dr. Abelson developed and teaches with Dr. Mylonas (and MSR instructors) both locally and internationally. An important part of this treatment system is what we refer to as “Dysfunctional Fascial Lines”.
When the fascial and its tensional network (the fascial web) is out-of-balance, the body often compensates by developing what we call ‘dysfunctional myofascial lines’. This is when you have remodeling (thickening) of fascial tissue due to injuries, muscle imbalances, loading compensations, and stress.
The treatment of “Dysfunctional Fascial Lines” are an important aspect of every MSR™ protocol. By addressing restrictions in fascia, we have been able to dramatically improve our clinical results.
The Power of Fascial Manipulation
FM is unique in that it addresses not only scar tissue and adhesions, but also the thickenings that occur between the various layers of tissues in the body. These thickenings are deposits of hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural lubricant. In areas where restrictions form, hyaluronic acid can transform from a viscous state to a solid form. These thick layers of hyaluronic acid restrict movement, cause abnormal motion patterns, diminish circulation, and cause nerve entrapment.
The effects are much the same as those caused by scar tissue. ART is very effective at releasing scar tissue. However research has shown that these thick layers of hyaluronic acid take about four minutes of continuous pressure to break down. In my opinion FM is by the far the most efﬁcient way to break down these thickenings. Hence the introduction of FM into our treatment protocols.
Now for the best part! When you combine ART with FM the results are astounding. We are seeing chronic conditions that previously have not reached a full resolution, completely resolve. We are very excited about the results we have been seeing, and look forward to sharing these techniques with you in our new 30-minute appointments.
Expect & Receive The Best Possible Care
At Kinetic Health, we are proud of our high success rate in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and are even happier about the high level of patient satisfaction that we regularly achieve.
Our comprehensive examination processes, ability to integrate multiple and effective treatment modalities, and our customized treatment and exercise plans ensure that every patient receives a high quality of care that addresses their specific needs.
We have great working relationships with the medical community across the city. You can expect your medical practitioner to receive clear summations of our examination findings with follow-up letters about our treatment results. This collaboration ensures your needs are met effectively.
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