The client is always in control of the amount of pressure that is used in their myofascial release treatment at our Scarborough, ON massage clinic.

Most people think our body’s foundation is built on our structure of over 200 bones. But remember that skeleton hanging in the corner in high school biology class? Look closely, and you’ll see that those bones were held together by pins and wires. In our bodies, our bones actually float in a structure of connective tissues called fascia.

Fascia is connective tissue, a web-like structure that surrounds all tissues in the body: muscle, blood vessels, the viscera and nerves. While it holds structures together, it also allows for movement. Fascia includes ligaments, which join bones to bones, and tendons, which join muscle to bones. The body can be described as one fascial unit with multiple muscle “pockets”. So it is the fascia that really gives the body structure.

And what a miraculous structure it is! Discussions of how our bodies operate will often mention the idea of “tensegrity”. The underlying concept of tensegrity was originally an architectural term, but it can be applied to buildings or the most important biological structure of all: the human body. It is a way of describing how the structure of our body behaves. We are not designed as compression structures with parts stacked one upon the other like bricks in a wall. We are a complex, interconnected system designed to work and move together; a biological architectural marvel that gains strength from the fascial web that holds us all together. “Tensegrity” was originally coined from a contraction of “tensional integrity”. Like an architect’s geodesic dome, where each part reinforces the strength of the structure, our bodies are linked together in a complex and fluid web, tightly integrated and capable of handling great stresses, thanks to our fascial foundation.

When under stress and strain, the pressure on the fascial tissue can be enormous. This pressure can radiate through the web of tissue, resulting in problems reflected far from the site of the original injury. While traditional massage can alleviate the symptoms of pain in the surrounding muscle, sometimes more intensive work on the fascia itself is needed. Myofascial release usually requires deeper tissue work than traditional massage to release the restriction in the fascia. No oils are used, and the therapist may instruct the client to incorporate certain movements into the myofascial release treatment. Your Scarborough, ON therapist may use knuckles, elbows and forearms to help stretch the fascia and release the tension. However, the client is always in control of the amount of pressure that is used in their myofascial release treatment.

Problems with the fascia can arise from postural stress, physical injury, surgery or diseases that produce inflammation.