Myofascial Release

Myofascial release and structural integration techniques are used to affect change and bring balance to the body in terms of myofascial (muscle and fascia) restriction, which can be the source of many chronic pain conditions, postural imbalances and compensation patterns.

Your therapist will normally ask you to undress to your underwear/shorts, which enables them to carry out a visual assessment of your body’s geometry, helping to determine which areas of soft tissues are short and tight etc. This is similar to the assessment procedures carried out by Chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and Alexander technique teachers. A full case history, which takes into account any injuries, operations, accidents and/or medical conditions will be discussed, which gives a good overall view of you as an individual.  Once you have been assessed a treatment strategy will be formed, usually a series of 3, weekly sessions will be required to bring back balance to the body and feel a greater sense of movement and pain reduction. This may be carried out after advanced clinical massage therapy, which will aim to treat any chronic or acute pain conditions and trigger point pain.

What are we Looking For?

Tilts within the body’s structure, i.e forward tilted pelvis; Rotations, commonly found in the femur, tibia and pelvis: Shifts, where a segment of the body is displaced to the left/right, anterior/posterior and superior/inferior. Bends, which are usually in a series in the spine.

What will happen during the Structural Myofascial bodywork treatments?

No oil is used during the treatment, which will cause you to experience an under skin, stretch, heat and some clients describe a (not unpleasant) spreading sensation felt quite far away from contact. You will be asked on occasion to assist the practitioner with joint movement, which deepens the intention and pressure felt by you and also stretches the fascia in a specified direction. Various techniques will be used including still work around the head and neck, light pulling of limbs, unwinding, rocking, cross hand stretches and skin rolling.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss further or call 07939328776 to book your Myofascial release treatment in Liberton, Edinburgh.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

TMJ

Massage and myofascial release can help your symptoms and increase range of motion within the joint. It does this by adressing and releasing any restrictions in the fascia and musculature of the upper back, neck, head and face in particular the ones which control jaw movement. Working intraorally is also part of the treatment, which is very gentle but very effective in it’s release of tension within chewing muscles.

How do you know you have it in the first place?

Having a diagnosis from your GP or Dentist is one of the first steps then having treatment from a qualified massage therapist who has specific training and experience treating TMJ symptoms will undoubtedly help.

Common symptoms of jaw problems include;

  • Bruxism (grinding of teeth)
  • Worn teeth
  • Trismus (difficuly opening mouth)
  • Difficulties swallowing
  • Difficulties speaking
  • Long term (chronic) pain in neck, face, shoulders or upper back
  • Tinnitus
  • Sensitive to light and/or noise
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizzy spells
  • Headache and migraines

So, if you have any of these symptoms and feel you’d benefit from TMJ treatment contact Angela to arrange your massage in Edinburgh.

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