Fascial manipulation is a specialised form of treatment of the body that can help relieve musculoskeletal aches, pains and stiffness inhibiting movement and preventing you from enjoying sports & activities.
Fascia is a connective tissue present throughout the entire body; it is found beneath the skin, lying on top of muscle, is connected to muscle, is connected to bones and nerves run through it.
It is everywhere and has a major influence throughout the body.
The fascia is just as important as muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves in enabling us to move. In fact 40% of muscles attach directly into fascia and not bone.
Fascial tissue needs to glide with other surrounding tissue to allow movement.
When we injure the body the fascia will become thickened and it prevents gliding of tissue causing tightness and restriction of movement and pain can develop over time due to biomechanical compensations leading to problems with; pain, dysfunction and loss of mobility.
In cases where there is persistent pain and failed rehabs fascial manipulation is usually the missing link.
Once the relevant thickened fascial points have been identified the points are manipulated to allow better gliding and a better range of movement.
Treatment of the fascial points are most often painful because direct pressure with movement needs to be applied to create a significant change within the tissue to restore gliding.
The longer the duration of the problem the more painful it can take to treat. On average it can take 5 minutes to manipulate a fascia point.
In recent times myo-fascial self release techniques have become popular: Foam rolling and self-massage can help provide short term relief, but will not restore gliding movement of the fascia, fully resolve the problem or restore healthy movement and biomechanics.
As an MSK podiatrist, trained in Fascial manipulation, Simon is skilled in identification and treatment of specific parts of the fascia that are contributing to a problem and in manipulating it to aid you in recovery and a return to activity.