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Myofascia, The “M” in MCT

By Holley | In Anatomy & Physiology | on May 9, 2013

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Photo Credit: http://www.magicalrobot.org/BeingHuman/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/fascia_flow.png

Sean posted about the Trigger Point Myofascial Compression Techniques (MCT) course that a few of us attended last Saturday. As he said, we all learned a ton and immediately experienced the benefits of the technique. Over the next four Thursdays the trainers will be reviewing the primary areas to focus on, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Now you ask, “what’s this myofascia stuff that we’re now focusing on?” Fascia is a fiberous connective tissue that surrounds your muscles, organs, blood vessels, etc. Myo refers to your muscular system, so myofascia specifically refers to the fascia around your muscles. The myofascia allows the mscle fibers to easily glide past each other, as well as the blood vessels and nerves within the muscles. They also transmit movement from the muscle to the bone. To get an idea what it looks like, think about the last time you cut up a raw chicken breast. The fascia is the thin, almost translucent, slimy layer that’s very tough and hard to cut off. When the myofascia is healthy, it’s very elastic and soft like you’ve seen on a chicken breast. Healthy fascia allows the muscles to contract and lengthen without restriction. When the myofascia is unhealthy, the muscles become inelastic like a rope and it can no longer rebound from a lengthening or contracting movement. What leads to unhealthy myofascia? Here are a few examples:

– Injury or inflammation

– Repetitive movement

– Dehydration and nutrition

– Poor posture

– Immobility (such as sitting at a desk all day long)

– Stress

The fascia in your body is continuous and 100% connected, which is why sometimes when you injure one area of your body, another area of your body may be affected and you’ll feel the pain there instead/too. When your myofascia is damaged or becomes unhealthy it can lead to muscle pain, headaches, recurring injuries, back and neck pain, numbness, and poor posture/flexibility. The trigger point techniques that you’ll be learning in the new few weeks works by applying compression to specific areas that will obstruct blood flow to that location, then once compression is released it allows blood to rush back to the area. Blood carries oxygen and other important nutrients, so this compression technique brings what’s needed for health to targeted areas. The Trigger Point technique works from the ground up, so this week you’ll be starting with the area below the knee and revealing the differences before and after treatment.

 


WOD 05.09.13

Skills Day

Trigger Point MCT (Day 1)

 


References:

http://www.tptherapy.com/

http://jenings.com/what-is-fascia.html

One Comment to "Myofascia, The “M” in MCT"

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