Our targeted treatments combine the handling of fascia lines with the classic manual technique. Within this, we deal with analgesic FDM therapy and “Body Sculpting” treatments, which specialize in normalizing posture.
Fascia or also known as connective tissue
is all over in the body system, it surrounds the muscles and connects organs as a 3D membrane. It covers all structures of the body, and creates a structural continuity that gives shape and function to all tissues and organs. The fascia creates interdependent layers of varying depths from the skin to the periosteum (a dense layer of vascular connective tissue enveloping the bones except at the surfaces of the joints) , also forming a three-dimensional mechano-metabolic structure.
The myofascial system is very sensitive and versatile with a constantly present innervation. Changes in the musculoskeletal system along with asymmetrical tensions form poor posture, altered tensions form different chains of tension in the fascial system. Due to the abundance of nerve endings the fascia tissue is highly adaptive but also highly sensitive. Therefore it tries to adapt with compensations to reduce tension. For compensated posture and poor functioning, the body needs extra energy, and sooner or later it gets tired, finding it increasingly difficult to keep compensations in both posture and movement.
In addition to asymmetrical posture, this leads to functional impairment in the long run. Pain, limited mobility, decreased joint range of motion, and neurological disorders that affect the fascial network of our body in almost all cases. Which after a while triggers degenerative changes. The numerous receptors are connected to the autonomic nervous system and the thalamus through the brainstem and then to the cerebral cortex. So it transmits a lot of information to the nervous system.
During fascia treatments the therapist focuses on the entire fascia system. It is a truly complex system that forms a coherent tissue from the top of our head to the tip of our toe where everything is connected to everything. For this reason no muscle group is ever treated in separate parts but we examine the whole body to find the main source of pain. Since even a disharmonious posture can already form abnormal muscle-fascia chains this therapy also normalizes muscle function by treating these chains.
During therapy the therapist treats the muscle-fascia unit in different ways. It aims to loosen tense muscles and make less functioning, weaker muscles work more actively again. By improving circulation and innervation to reduce pain. This creates a harmonious posture and movement that requires lower energy. In our treatments, we basically work along the fascia lines defined by Tom Myers Anatomy Trains. Such are the techniques of fascial release and “Body Sculpting”. We also use treatment techniques for FDM (fascial distortion model) or trigger point therapy. Fascia treatments help a lot in acute injuries but they are also a good choice for chronic, long-standing complaints. As we have written, fascia encompasses not only the musculoskeletal system but also the internal organs (see visceral therapy) and the nervous system (see Craniosacral therapy) therefore the techniques are integrated in all cases.