EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPEUTICS

 

As an Alternative Medicine Practitioner, I am a Registered Massage Therapist recognized under BC Healthcare and a recommended Practitioner by Pain BC.   My practice focuses on restoring poor tissue health resulting from chronic pain, orthopedic injuries, and stress for the purpose of recovery.  Corrective therapy involves releasing restrictions & improving tissue quality for balance & function.  Patients will feel change in their tissue health as they move away from dysfunction.
 

Fascia is a membranous 3-D webbing surrounding the entire body. It is a layer of connective tissue that wraps around the entire body holding each and every organ, blood vessel, bond, nerve fiber and muscle in its place, thus providing internal structure.  When fascia is in its healthy state, it is relaxed, flexible, and supple. 

 

Fascia consists of 3 layers:

  1. Superficial fascia, which lies directly beneath the skin.

  2. Deep fascia, which surrounds muscle bone, nerves, and blood vessels to the cellular level.

  3. Deepest fascia, which lies within the dura of the cranial sacral system.

 

Fascia itself is made up of multiple layers surrounded by a suspension of hyaluronan contributing to its stretchability when you move.  It also has nerves wrapped within its fibers making it vulnerable to stress. 

 

Unhealthy fascia can occur at any level becoming gummy and dry resulting in pain, tightness, stiffness around muscles causing limited function, flexibility and mobility.  Factors that influence unhealthy fascia include

  • sedentary lifestyle or limited physical activity

  • repetitive movement from overworked soft-tissue

  • trauma such as surgery or injury

  • everyday life

The science behind evidence-based therapeutic treatment:

Myofascial therapy is a hands-on technique manipulating fascia by releasing restrictions to stimulate mechanoreceptors thereby relieving symptoms of dysfunction and regaining slide and glide for ease of movement.  For the body to move with ease, re-establishing fascial tensegrity is required and relies on balance and function of the membranous tissue that surrounds muscles, ligaments, periosteum, bloods vessels, nervous system, and internal organs.

Therefore, myofascial therapy evaluates the whole body in order to treat the cause of symptoms by re-aligning the body’s internal balance to restore function, such as ease of movement.  Symptoms can range from pain, stiffness, soreness, tightness, stress etc.

 

The practice of myofascial therapy is commonly practiced by different types of health professionals including RMTs, physiotherapists, osteopaths, or chiropractors.  Myofascial therapy requires specific training and courses to achieve high level competency.

Myofascial release is an effective therapy when

  • Treating symptoms which have previously been unresponsive to other treatments.

  • Patients feel they need more comprehensive treatment.

  • Support is needed to achieve balance and function, both mentally & physically.

  • A patient wants improved mobility, strength, flexibility, and movement.

  • A person’s nervous system becomes hypersensitive after injury or trauma.

Following an evidence-based practice, I use my clinical expertise along with research evidence to facilitate recovery to improve balance & function.  I have a holistic approach releasing fascial restrictions using neurocentric-focused myofascial therapy to source out the problem while relieving symptoms.  My approach to treatment involves focusing on the nervous system to bring about neurophysiological change so the patient can feel a difference by

  1. Relieving symptoms, such as pain/chronic pain, soreness, discomfort, tightness, stress, and inflammation from misuse, disuse, overuse, trauma, MVA.

  2. Restoring homeostasis in & around the nervous system.

  3. Regaining balance & function, promoting ease of movement.  

  4. Promoting a sense of ease: slowing down the heart & breathing rate, decreasing blood pressure, decreasing stress hormone production, and releasing muscle tension.

  5. Managing stress.

  6. Regaining the mind-body connection to support mental & physical balance.

  7. Regaining a sense of ease with daily living.

For safe & effective care, treatment includes

  • History intake

  • Assessment

  • Treatment Plan

  • Treatment

  • Re-assessment

  • Post-treatment care 

     

      Decrease:

  • Pain

  • Tension

  • Fatigue

  • Tightness

  • Soreness

  • Stiffness 

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

      Improve:

  • Flexibility

  • Mobility

  • Muscle function

  • Nervous system function

  • Mental/physical health 

  • Quality of life

  • Immune function

  • Joint nutrition

  • Sleep

      Risks:

  • Temporary worsening of symptoms.

  • Usually, any increase in pre-existing symptoms of pain, stiffness, bruising, aching, or discomfort will last a few hours to a few days

  • Other possible risks, complications, and side effects are based on individual's health

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