Myofascial Induction is a treatment offered by the Templo del Masaje that focuses on restoring the functionality of the facial system. Next, we detail a little more what this therapy consists of:

What is Myofascial Induction?

Myofascial induction is a therapeutic concept belonging to manual therapy aimed at the functional restoration of the altered fascial system. It is also an evaluation and treatment process in which the therapist transfers a slight force (traction and / or compression) to the target tissue, facilitating the recovery of the quality of the fascial system. The term “induction” is more related to the facilitation of movement, than to a passive stretching of the fascial system. The result is a reciprocal reaction of the body that involves the biochemical and metabolic reaction and, finally, the physiological responses.

This process aims to reshape the quality of the extracellular matrix of the connective tissue to facilitate and optimize the transfer of information to and within the fascial system. The result (change in body image, improvements in functional skills) must be evaluated and valued not only by the therapist but also by the patient.

What is the Myofascial System?

The myofascial system is the network of connective tissue under the skin that joins, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. It is a 3D spider web made of collagen and elastin fibers, connecting and creating everything in the body, providing support, stability, strength and flexibility through the muscles and cushioning any impact and internal friction between the different layers of the body. It also regulates the exchanges between cells and compartments, defining the dimensions of the “pipes” in nerves, blood vessels and the passage of fluids.

Why is Myofascial Induction important?

As part of the aging process, the acidity, rigidity and dehydration of the tissues increase with loss of local circulation. Blood vessels, nerves, and the lymphatic system are compressed due to the blocking layers created by chaotic collagen fibers. This results in a vicious cycle of restriction, pain, compensation, reduced mobility, dehydration, reduced circulation, and increased heartburn. The more restrictions, pain, and compensation that occur, the greater the risk of abnormal internal friction, impaired function, and osteoarthritis. Myofascial induction and its specific techniques are the best solution to restore fascial tissues and reverse their deterioration.

How can myofascial induction help me?

Myofascial induction can help with a wide range of conditions:

  • Back, neck and joint pain.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Poor posture.
  • Visceral pain (eg. period pain, irregular periods, infertility, kidney / bladder stones, gastric reflux and hiatal hernia, IBS, constipation, urinary / intestinal infections, colitis, etc.).

After 1-2 months of regular myofascial induction sessions, the symptoms begin to disappear and the whole body continues to improve towards a new healthy balance. A review of patients after 6-12 months of undergoing regular sessions reveals a continuous improvement beyond the findings detected during the last therapy, because the body system continued to “roll” the ball of “induction”, amplifying the changes in tissues and restoring the body to its original state of health.

How does Myofascial Induction work?

Myofascial induction is not a massage, but a practical, soft-touch method based on a standard orthopedic evaluation and specific techniques to search for, find, and dissolve myofascial restrictions. Myofascial induction involves sustained light mechanical compression (minimum 5 grams) on the skin. This generates an “induction” or manual input that triggers a cascade of biochemical reactions and communications between the tissue and the brain. The techniques used in myofascial induction generally involve the following:

  • Place the hand(s) on the tissues to be treated.
  • Press lightly to meet the barriers and apply constant pressure to tighten the tissue.
  • Maintain a constant pressure depending on the depth of the restriction and the reactions of the body (the pressure is reduced if there is any pain).

The above techniques are most effective with the involvement of the patient in communicating changes in symptoms and sensations during treatment.

What happens after the Myofascial Induction session?

The first session of myofascial induction will initiate a 48-hour biochemical process in which the cells of the fascia will re-absorb the old collagen fibers in the external structure and produce new fibers, restoring the system with their own natural microscopic tension. Patients are typically advised to rest, engage in low- to medium-impact physical activities, and avoid sport or extreme conditions during this 48-hour period. During this time, the patient may have an immediate feeling of release, tiredness, a need to eat carbohydrates, and drink more water. You may also have a feeling of deep relaxation and need to sleep earlier or longer accompanied by changes in bladder / bowel excretion. The effects of the process should abate after this 48-hour period, and the patient’s symptoms generally begin to improve.

How many sessions does it take to see results?

The number of sessions may vary from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors such as: severity and number of symptoms or restrictions, tissue hydration, adherence to the exercise program, age of the patient, and other postural / medical conditions . During your first session, the therapist will evaluate the above factors and provide a recommendation on the number of sessions that may be necessary. This will be checked at each session, depending on the body’s response to therapy. The average number of sessions to resolve any body pain is 3-6 sessions, however, more may be needed to address other issues, such as correcting posture or improving organ function.

How often should I receive Myofascial Induction Treatment?

It is recommended to have at least one session per week for the first 3-4 weeks, which is the average time period to significantly reduce pain in the affected areas. Patients experiencing various symptoms in different areas of the body are advised to start with 3 to 4 sessions in the first 2 weeks and then progress to once a week. The frequency of treatment may vary depending on the severity of symptoms and the number of areas to be treated, however, as each session increases the effect of the previous session, the frequency of treatment decreases over time. Therefore, patients can go from a weekly session to once every fifteen days, once every three weeks, and then once a month.

What is the difference between Myofascial Induction Therapy and Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Induction and Myofascial Release have many similarities: they are based on the same concepts and clinical reasoning, therefore, they can complement each other. Myofascial induction relates to soft-touch manual input that not only releases restrictions and treats pain, but also activates a cascade of biochemical reactions and microscopic tension changes that restore previously compromised qualities and functionalities. On the other hand, Myofascial Release is more passive in seeking to “release” the restriction or pain in an affected area. The key aspect of Myofascial Induction is the activation of a tissue-brain-tissue conversation that goes beyond pain or local restriction, generating changes in posture, mobility and functionality of the whole body, with benefits that last for months or even years.

How do I book an appointment for a Myofascial Induction session?

If you want to know a little more about this technique or want to book an appointment for a professional therapist to attend to you, contact us and tell us about your case to assign you the most appropriate therapist. If you are going to make a reservation online, you better book a physiotherapy or osteopathy session.

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