STRUCTURAL MYOFASCIAL THERAPY
Structural Myofascial Therapy (a form of Structural Integration) is a therapeutic technique that treats the body’s myofasical system. This system has two parts: the fascia, which you may not be familiar with, and the muscles.
The fascia is a type of tissue that covers all of the muscles, organs, and bones in your body. It plays a key role in posture and movement. This tissue is negatively affected when you receive any sort of injury, including sports, repetitive strain/body overuse, or any sort of accident (car accident, slip and fall, sprains and strains, etc). After the injury, the fascia will become less elastic, causing stiffness and decreased range of motion.
Structural Myofascial Therapy directly treats this tissue, helping to return it to a more elastic state. With this technique I will apply pressure along certain planes of the body, treating the tissue in a systematic way. The idea is to gradually pull the body back into proper physical and functional alignment (or what you might call ‘good posture’). This in turn will allow your body to move more freely and with decreased pain.
For more information, please read:
“Does Fascia Matter? A detailed critical analysis of the clinical relevance of fascia science and fascia properties” by Paul Ingraham.