- Massage, PA #MSG008205
- Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
Bodywork & Massage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Sports Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Neuromuscular Massage
- Deep Tissue
- Hot Stone Massage
- Myofascial Release
Heal thy Body with thy Hand
Fascia is an anatomical structure formed of collagenous and elastic fibers, embedded in a gelatinous ground substance that develops in utero. It functions as a connective, compartmental, supportive, and protective matrix resembling a highly efficient web-like, fluid filled, transport system that runs uninterrupted from head to toe.
The Fascial System is dynamic and ever changing to accommodate the demands placed on the human being. These demands may include: external physical trauma, internal emotional holding patterns, inflammatory or infectious processes, and structural imbalances. Imbalances in our bodies occur because postural adaptations emerge from the prolonged effects of gravity. Leg length discrepancies, poor dental occlusion, pelvic obliquities, osseous anomalies, repetitive stress injuries, and surgical procedures can all contribute to these imbalances. Structurally these imbalances lead to fascial restrictions that can exert up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch on structures sensitive to pain. These highly sensitive circulatory, nervous, osseous, and muscular structures, can become trapped (by myofascial restriction) in the fascial web, and without release, will contribute to progressive pain.
Until recently, fascia was largely ignored as merely providing connective, compartmental, or protective functions to our bodies. The full body interactive and transportive functions of the fascia matrix are now being explored and embraced by health care providers. Fascia is currently a hot topic on the web. The fitness community, and the population in general are finally reaping the benefits of myofascial release for pain relief and improved overall health.
Thanks for reading,
Todd Michaels LMT
Where I Work
PA # MSG008205
Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
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