Have you ever fiddled with the idea of getting a massage. Surely, you have (we all have). One of the most common questions we have here at Doylestown Sports Medicine Center is, “I don’t know if I should get a Deep Tissue or Soft Tissue Massage, my back is all sorts of messed up. But I’m scared a deep tissue massage might hurt me.” If you have ever asked yourself this question, you are not alone.
Do you ever get tense at the beginning of the week? Do you have trouble sleeping on Sundays because of the stress of having work in the morning? We’ve all been there. Here at Doylestown Sports Medicine Center, we’ve had many patients mention their stress prior to their treatments. Often these patients also mention a lack of sleep, restlessness, and a chronic tension that causes pain.
The Myofascial System Can Provide Pain Relief in the root of the central nervous system
The Craniosacral System and the Dural System are considered to be the deepest parts of the whole-body fascial system. The Dural System is a tough, connective tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It is the outermost layer of the protective connective tissue which holds Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) and separates the Central Nervous System (CNS) from the rest of the body.
Because the Dural tube surrounds the spinal cord, it is designed to move around with the body. However, excessive pressure, twists, or torsions can occur anywhere in the body causing Myofascial Restriction (and pain). These restrictions can feel like a spider web contracting and spreading through the body, causing pain in the Central Nervous system.
When the body is in pain, the body has a much more difficult time relaxing and sending important signals from the brain to the rest of the body that it is safe.
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