"Notice that the stiffest tree is easily cracked while the bamboo or willow survives while bending with the wind"
Craniosacral therapy and Myofascial Release are effective treatment modalities for chronic injuries, injury prevention, concussions, and peak performance. When the body is injured or exposed to prolonged periods of repetitive stress, it begins to solidify and become hard or adhesed and less fluid, causing muscles to tighten up and creating restrictions in the connective tissue(fascia) and decreased mobility.
These restrictions impact on smooth fluid movement and can cause pain, muscle tightness, poor posture, breathing difficulties, loss of range of motion, fatigue, neurological problems, inefficient movement patterns, and many other problems.
Myofascial/cranial/visceral restrictions can create imbalances throughout the body and predispose an athlete/dancer for more serious injuries such has sprains, strains, and herniated disks.
Whole body assessment is an important part of effective and comprehensive treatment. It is necessary to use a whole body approach, because we are comprised of complex interrelated systems. Essentially, everything is connected, and life is motion. Restrictions or tightness in any part of the body may potentially affect other parts. For example, chronic neck pain can be caused by restrictions/tightness in the thorax (chest), pelvis or diaphragm. An old knee injury can cause hip problems. Restrictions in the sacrum or occiput can result in headaches. Visceral fascial restrictions can cause low back pain. Scar tissue from an old surgery can cause adhesions resulting in imbalances throughout the rest of the body. The body’s ability to self-correct is diminished when it is overwhelmed by excessive tensions.
For optimal performance, it is necessary to have structural and energetic balance so that the body can move freely and efficiently, as well as prevent and heal the causes of pain, spasm, inflammation, overuse, or misuse.
Treatment for the athlete or performing artist begins with a complete whole body manual therapy evaluation to identify and correct underlying structural (soft tissue) restrictions that may result in faulty movement patterns or hinder progress and cause pain and injury. Treatment also helps to reduce the risk of potential injury that the athlete may be predisposed from the accumulated stresses and repetitive strain.
To maximize human performance, treat chronic injuries, and enhance longevity, it is necessary to keep the myofascial system open and free. Myofascial Release and craniosacral therapy should be part of an athlete's or performing artist's maintenance, and recovery program.
Craniosacral Therapy and myofascial release are effective treatments for contact sport head injuries or prolonged trauma found in boxing, football, and full contact martial arts.
They are also excellent treatments for singers because it helps keep the structures of the head, neck, face, and diaphragm open and balanced.
Walter is a former competitive boxer and karate instructor. He has trained extensively in Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and MMA.