Have you ever had an operation such as having your appendix removed or a ceasarean section? Do you have a scar as a result? Does the scar feel and look different?
Your scar is visible proof of your body's self-healing process. What a wonderful process especially when you think about the number of times that you bump into things or injure yourself.
The body reacts to "injury" by first quickly stopping any bleeding through the formation of blood clots. It then tries to close any cuts and repair damaged tissue. This is done by quickly laying down collagen tissue in a haphazard manner. Basically the body is trying to quickly repair damaged tissue. The repaired tissue is different from the original tissue. The differences include: 1) the replacement tissue and associated collagen fibers may be sticking to other structures (ie there may be adhesions), 2) movements may be restricted due to these adhesions, 3) the "new" repaired tissue lacks the flexibility/pliability of the original tissue.
It is possible to re-mould scar tissue as the body reacts to the stresses applied to it. By engaging scar tissue with appropriate techniques underlying adhesions can be broken down. This helps to restore tissue pliability as well as improving movement. Tissues can now slide over each other whether it is fascia, muscles, or internal organs. These same techniques can help to restore flexibility/pliability and to improve tissue strength.
Do you have problems with scar tissue or do you feel less mobile following an injury? You might benefit from approaches that address scar tissue effects such as myofascial release.
I've just done another course on integrated myofascial release. The course was entitled "myfoascial release for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)". This is basically the joint that allows your jaw to open and close.
When doing this type of bodywork, you don't just work on the joint in question. In myofascial work, you look at the body as being interconnected, a restriction in one area will affect another area, so you work on the supporting structures. Structures that affect the jaw include the neck and the shoulders as well as muscles in the face.
Release work was done on the neck and shoulders. Then work was done on the muscles that control the jaw in particular the pterygoids. (Sounds like a type of dinosaur!) This is where you have to open your mouth! This is also where you make the amazing discovery that the body holds secret tensions of its own. These tensions are only revealed when you put specific pressure on the muscles. Wow! Who would believe that small muscles in the face can be so tender!
Fantastic feeling once the work was done!
So what happened for me? I discovered that working on the jaw changed how I felt when walking. My body moved more easily! A wonderfully feeling of free movement. Who would have thought that working on the jaw would release the hips and legs!