Post Operative Fascial Release

I have been using Fascial Release (connective tissue release) for quite a while to help with releasing tissue that may be pulling the body out of position. I have come to realize that there are many people out there that are encountering adhesions in the Fascia as a direct or indirect result of having had an operation either recently or in the past.
I had heart surgery 3 years ago and for 3-4 weeks I was unable to bring my arms back and open up my chest as my sternum was healing. As a result of the surgery, there was a lot of scar tissue in the chest and upper abdomen area that was adhering structures in that area to each other. A close comparison would be if you were leaning forward with a shirt on. Then you poured glue on the front of your shirt and stayed there until the glue dried. When you tried to stand up, the glue would make it difficult for you to stand up straight. This is almost what the body does during the healing process post surgery. As the Fascia (connective tissue) travels continuously throughout the body in a continuous web, these adhesions around the chest and abdomen area can affect the body’s ability to be upright and flexible and can produce symptoms elsewhere in the body quite often.
Besides the direct effects of surgery, adhesions can also occur when tissues are shortened for an extended period of time. As I wasn’t able to open up my chest or abdomen area for that 3-4 weeks post heart surgery, the tissues remained shortened. There is a law with the tissues of the body called Adaptive Shortening. This law dictates that if a tissue is in a shortened position for long enough, then it will remain in that shortened position.
When I do fascial release treatments, I can look at the body for imbalances that tell me where there are tissues that are pulling the body out of balance and do some range of motion movements of the limbs and body to help determine how the body is being affected by these adhesions. When the body is pulled out of position, it affects joint mobility, affects stability and will strain and weakens muscles causing low grade chronic pain.
When you release fascia, it must be treated almost like stretching leather. It is not so much about the intensity of the stretch but the time that you hold it. The longer the better. Often the adhesions won’t begin to release for 1 to 2 minutes and the longer they are held in the stretched position, the most likely they will remain. The time spent holding the stretch, the Ground Substance or basic part that makes up Fascia will reorganize itself to that stretched position which is why the fascia will not return to it’s shortened position.

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