Whether an individual has experienced stiffness or difficult movement or has suffered with a chronic condition that has not resolved with conventional medical treatment, DMR therapy® (Deep Myofascial Release) can rapidly restore healthy function. These techniques are non-invasive and use no medications or instruments so there are no negative side effects.
Fascia is a film of very tough, strong, and fibrous tissue that is responsible for maintaining structural integrity by protecting and supporting the skeleton, the body’s muscle structure and organs. It holds the shape of our bodies by connecting and suspending organs in their proper places, and transmits movement from muscles to bones. It does this by enveloping and compartmentalizing individual muscle fibers, individual muscles, and groups of muscles, and by serving as a supportive and movable wrap for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between the muscles. All the structures, organs and systems of the body are surrounded, protected and supported by this amazing connective tissue, which is crucial to the body’s balance, strength, flexibility and shock absorption.
Fascia has recently been discovered to be one of our richest sensory organs with between six to ten times higher quantity of sensory nerve receptors than the muscles. This is extremely important to know, especially in cases of pain, such as back pain, of “unknown” origin. Through extensive layered webbing, fascia creates a complex three-dimensional network that responds physiologically to stress, physical exercise, trauma and patterns of movement and posture.
Healthy fascia is a pliable, resilient and elastic collagen tissue that also acts as a lubricant, facilitating fluid interaction between muscles and organs. Stress and injury can affect the texture and composition of this important lubricating tissue, causing it to become more glue-like than slippery producing pain, adhesions and impeding muscle movement.
Unhealthy fascia is dehydrated, twisted and shortened. By contracting and becoming less elastic and resilient, it can strangle nerves and restrict muscle function, encasing the body like a straitjacket and pulling surrounding structures. Chronic pain such as that of the neck, back or hips and general pain, stiffness and discomfort in the body is often the result. This condition can develop so gradually that one is not aware of dysfunction until the fascia is released.
Fascia seems to be almost magically transformed just by stretching it in the correct manner. The structure and texture changes immediately, resulting in pain relief, freedom of movement, and a sense of lightness and fluidity. The restricted muscles are then freed to respond positively to deep muscle therapy.
Unfortunately, this tissue is very little studied and often ignored. Many if not most musculo-skeletal problems are misdiagnosed, leaving the patient to suffer extreme pain and discomfort for years while taking harmful drugs or undergoing ineffective surgeries. Fascia is a huge factor, perhaps the most important factor, in a great many common ailments including:
- Most neck, shoulder and arm pain
- Bursitis (shoulder and hip)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Much post-surgical pain and adhesions
- Sciatica, most hip pain
- Tingling and numbness in hands
- Much knee, leg and foot pain
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Fascia also acts as an interface between the body and the mind, between physiology and a person’s energetic field. Stretching the fascia not only restores muscle function, but can also result in an overwhelming sense of spiritual and emotional wellbeing and put one into an immediate meditative state.
DMR therapy® has gained increasing acceptance as many enthusiastic subjects have described remarkable and immediate physical and emotional release and an energizing sense of wellbeing.