"Unlike traditional physical therapy, the myofascial approach does not emphasize strengthening the body. MFR sees most pain syndromes, postural abnormalities, and restricted motion as a result of tightness, not weakness. Additionally, at Quantum Therapy, PC, we do more than pay lip service to the term holistic. The interconnectedness of fascia throughout the body is truly appreciated. Shoulder pain could just be shoulder pain, but it could also stem from fascial restrictions elsewhere in the body that are affecting the joint mechanics of the shoulder. Because the human body is so good at compensating, finding the root of the problem is not always as straightforward as it seems. In order to understand the theory of the MFR approach and how it works, we need to become familiar with the fascial system. Only then can we fully appreciate the role of fascia in the healing process. Simply put, fascia is connective tissue. It is a three-dimensional, continuous web that surrounds and envelops all parts of the body. It provides stability and support while allowing for gliding and flexibility with movement. Fascia suspends organs, gives muscles shape, provides protective sheaths for nerves and blood vessels, and encases the brain and spinal cord in fluid. Furthermore, it permeates throughout these structures down to the cellular level. The very walls of our cells are actually composed of fascia. Since fascia is a continuous structure, this means that every cell is connected to every other cell from head to toe!For further clarification, it can be helpful to think of the fascial system as a tensegrity model. Tensegrity (tension integrity) refers to a structural principle of achitecture that describes a system made up of rigid, compressed struts and pretensioned cables. The tension of the system is balanced in such a way that it provides optimal stability and strength under even high loads of stress. However, it can fail if the tension equilibrium in the cables change or if a strut breaks. We can apply this model to the body (biotensegrity) where the cables are myofascia and the struts are bones. Our musculoskeletal system is in good equilibrium unless there is a change in the tension of our myofascia (or a bone breaks!). The myofascial system is good at compensating for small changes over time, but eventually the balance is toppled and symptoms result."
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