Sustained gentle pressure is applied directly to the area. Restriction in one part of the body may cause symptoms locally or further afield where other tissues are taking the strain. Imagine strongly pinching a sheet smoothed out flat on a bed - a 'knot' is formed at this point but you can see lines of 'tension' radiating out from that point. The areas of tension are felt by sensitive hands and followed so that it might be necessary to treat the feet even if a headache is the symptom. A number of other physical, hands on techniques may also be used.
'Myo' means muscle and 'fascia' (pronounced fash-uh) means band. Fascia is a connective tissue. It is a 3 dimensional web, which connects, cushions, protects, stabilises and supports every part of our body. It is probably most easily recognised as the tougher, shiney whitish tissue in a piece of meat. In this instance it serves to surround and seperate the individual muscles to allow them to glide smoothly over each other and also provide a protective route through which nerves and blood and lymphatic vessels can pass. Think of a onesie with lots of interconnecting pockets!
But fascia comes in different forms depending on it's make up. It is made from elastin, a stretchy protein; collagen, a more fibrous protein; and a ground substance which is like a sticky, watery, gelatinous sponge. Fascia can be tough, for example around the spine or directly under the skin (particularly noticeable in the palm of your hand or sole of your foot); more like a cobweb,for example in and around the brain, organs, blood vessels and nerves. Or fascia can be more jelly-like, typically found in the abdomen. The most recent definition of fascia also includes ligaments,tendons and bursa.
Fascia is ever changing, reacting to the demands our life experiences place on it. Injury, inflammation, repeated stresses and emotional trauma will all effect the fascia's pliability, sometimes causing adhesions. Tension in the fascial system influences the function and comfort of the body.This tension and restriction can exert excessive pressures within the body resulting in all kinds of symtoms.
Kath Kelly has 23yrs clinical experience in physiotherapy, her focus being the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. After working in the NHS for 8 years, she emigrated to Australia. Here she continued to expand her experience and training into more specialist areas.
She was a clinical educator for physiotherapy students, both in the UK and Australia and became an examiner for qualified physiotherapists from overseas who wished to practice in Australia.
An injury eventually forced her to stop work and return to the UK
in 2015. Initially, unable to find a practitioner who was able to provide the treatment she required, Kath treated herself while setting out to increase her knowledge and training in Myofascial Release (MFR). She is now able to offer the John F Barnes style of MFR in addition to her already varied “toolkit” of physiotherapy techniques. Kath believes she can truly relate to what her clients may be experiencing after having been along the long road of injury and rehabilitation herself.
To book an appointment, please contact Kath on 07597 264 841