Myofascial Release and Cranial Work

Fascia is a fascinating, but enigmatic tissue that was long thought to be passive. Fascia invests all the tissues in the body; it covers bones and makes ligaments, covers muscles and makes tendons, covers organs and vasculature, and most importantly, covers the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The entire fascial system is a cohesive, inter-related, web-like matrix and serves as the ground substance for the body's bio electrical system.

Early pioneers in musculoskeletal manipulation, such as the early Osteopaths and Ida Rolf, (inventor of a bodywork system called Rolfing), discovered that the fascia has contractive and expansive properties and holds tissue memory. If the musculoskeletal system is injured, the fascia will retain the memory of the injury. This can prevent the complete healing of the injured tissue, leading to patterns of chronic pain and dysfunction, and predispose the area to further injury. When musculoskeletal injuries, such as whiplash, fail to heal, it is often because the energetic imprint of the injury has not been cleared from the fascia. Myofascial manipulation is a process of unwinding the injured fascia and releasing the tissue memory on a physical, emotional and energetic level, so that complete healing can occur. Robert Fulford, a famous Osteopathic physician, could place his hands on a body and by reading the energetic imprint in the fascia, tell exactly when and how the original injury occurred, even if the event happened decades before and was forgotten by the patient.

Sutherland, a student of Andrew Stills, (the founder of Osteopathy) discovered that the cranial bones move in a subtle, almost imperceptible manner in response to the rhythm of pulsation of the cerebrospinal fluid. If this movement is impeded by trauma, it can negatively effect the body on a global level, including the spine, the brain (cognition), the immune system and the endocrine system. This discovery became the basis of Cranial manipulation, which gently restores the cranial motion and rhythm. John Upledger, D.O., developed a cranial manipulation system, termed CranioSacral Therapy, which he made available to licensed health care professionals with non-medical training, causing a global surge in the popularity of the art.

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