Myofascial release and visceral manipulation
Sue Perry BA (hons) ITEC, ACMT, NLP, FHT, CNHC
Advanced clinical soft tissue therapist
Sue is a clinical soft tissue therapist who uses advanced myofascial, visceral, neural and cranio sacral techniques in her work. These skills were gained through manual body work and detailed study over eleven years of practice in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA.
What is Myofascial release?
Fascia is an unbroken structure which covers our entire body and is located between the skin and the underlying muscle and bone. In terms of appearance, it can be likened to a spider’s web covering and connecting each part of the body.
When healthy, the fascia is supple and unrestricted. However, if physical trauma such as a sports injury, car accident or fall is experienced, the fascia tightens and becomes constrained. Long-term trauma to the body, including poor posture and repetitive strain injuries can have the same effect. Emotional trauma and stress also place restrictions on the fascia.When the fascia is hindered in its normal function, a range of symptoms can be experienced including pain and limited movement, which affects our everyday lives.
If untreated, because the entire fascia structure is interrelated, over time, the pain and restrictions may spread to other parts of the body.
Myofascial release and visceral manipulation are techniques which can be employed to manipulate the fascia and viscera (internal organs), enabling pain to be relieved and the fascia to be returned to its’ proper function.
Patients can experience a range of symptoms resulting from myofascial restrictions including, deep burning, sharp and heavy pain, pins and needles and numbness; it is also common to feel pain similar to that of a dull, throbbing toothache. Often, due to the original cause not being treated, fascial restrictions spread to other areas of the body and pain becomes generalized. This is known as referred pain.
In the West, referred pain is frequently ignored, with traditional practitioners assuming that the problem lies solely where the pain is. This in turn leads to mis-diagnosis and the failure to discover the cause of the pain.
Restrictions of the viscera (internal structures) can be important in musculoskeletal pain conditions and if they are not addressed then progress in treatment can be slow or fail to make an improvement at all. They are of course also important for a range of non-musculoskeletal conditions such as breathing pattern disorders, abdominal disorders and pelvic pain. Every patient is different. Patients may have similar symptoms but these symptoms may have different causes and having a wide range of approaches and techniques for all the tissue in the body makes for potentially a much more effective treatment.
The aim of soft tissue therapy (myofascial release and visceral manipulation), is to separate the layers of fascia in order to release tightness and restrictions which in turn, can assist in improved mobility and general well being.
Continued Professional Development
There are currently major new understandings and changes in physical therapy and Sue tries to keep abreast of these through regular postgraduate courses held both in the UK and internationally. One very important such area is the fascia which mechanically integrates the whole body and was previously thought to be a passive structure. Current scientific study now realises that it is very active mechanically, neurologically, hormonally and is also important in relation to the efficiency of the immune system. It is therefore vital to consider the fascia (deep and superficial) if a treatment is to give good results. For further information on some of the latest research go to our stay informed page.
Recent courses Sue has attended:
- Manual thermal evaluation techniques - The Barral Institute, Denver, Colorado, USA, February 2017 (4 days)
- Fascial connectivity dissection workshop, London, August 2016 (2 days)
- Advanced vascular manipulation for the lower body - The Barral Institute, Copenhagen, August 2016 (4 days)
- British fascial conference, UK June 2016 (2 days)
- Vascular manipulation for the lower body - The Barral Institute, Madrid, Spain November 2015 (4 days)
- Neural manipulation of Cranial nerves – The Barral Institute, Scotland– June 2015 (3 days)
Visceral Manipulation for the pelvis – The Barral Institute, London – June 2015 (4 days)
Neural manipulation of the peripheral nerves – The Barral Institute, London – May 2015 (3 days)
Visceral Manipulation for the Thorax – The Barral Institute, Scotland – November 2014 (4 days)
Listening skills for manual bodywork – The Barral Institute, Scotland – November 2014 (3 days)
Visceral manipulation rationale & techniques – R Twining, Osteopathic professional development, Newbury – October 2014 (4 days)
Strategic fascial crossroads of the body 1 – The Barral Institute, Scotland – October 2014 (3 days)
Visceral Manipulation for the Abdomen – The Barral Institute, Scotland – March 2014 (4 days)
Neural Manipulation – Trauma and the neural system – The Barral Institute, Scotland – March 2014 (3 days)
CST and the Immune response – Upledger Institute – Somerset - November 2013 (4 days)
Myofascial release – for Idiopathic scoliosis – Robert Schleip, Edinburgh - April 2013 (2 days)
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