When babies or older kids have chronic pain, illness or any noticeable dysfunction myofascial release can relieve the pain and restricted motion just like with Mom & Dad.
Myofascial release has been effective for children with the following issues:
Sports Pain & Injury
Scoliosis or other postural anomalies
Chronic respiratory disease
and many other issues!
This technique is especially valuable when working with the pediatric population, because fascial restrictions often result from the fetus’ position in utero and are present at birth. Most healthy children appear to outgrow fascial restriction causing deformities as they become increasingly mobile. However, fascial shortening may have a profound impact on movement and posture and could remain for life.
Myofascial release is well-suited for children because tissues are not manipulated forcefully. Instead, fascial restrictions are gently held at their barrier for as long as it takes to release by using a step-by-step approach:
With relaxed hands, we slowly stretch out the elastic component of the fascia until we reach a barrier.
We maintain sufficient pressure to hold the stretch at the barrier and wait a minimum of 90 to 120 seconds, usually longer.
We never force through the barrier.
As the restriction barrier recedes, the practitioner feels motion and softening under his or her hands.
It’s very gentle!