ROLFING STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
Rolfing®, also known as Structural Integration (SI) is a technique for aligning and balancing the body and its segments – head, shoulders, thorax, pelvis and legs through the manipulation of the fascia, the strong connective tissue that envelopes and isolates muscles, covers bones, and surrounds the heart, lungs and other internal organs. Rolfing® loosens and releases the fascia through direct pressure, restoring its flexibility and elasticity that can be lost through injury, accidents, illness, trauma, repetitive movement, aging, and strain, which can lead to chronic pain.
When children are injured from falls or minor accidents, they may seem fine on the outside once the cut or bruise has healed. However, as Dr. Rolf pointed out, all healing is not really the same. Minor changes have taken place internally: in the injured connective tissue, joints and muscles. Small tears or pulls cause the tissue to thicken. Soon, muscles begin to adhere to each other, are less able to function and can create tension in other body parts. These changes may express themselves as a slight limp, lower energy, or a decrease in range of motion or strength.
Benefits of Rolfing®
Rolfing® structural integration achieves remarkable results by manipulation of the myofascial system, the body’s soft connective tissue network that surrounds, support and penetrate all the muscles, bones, nerves and organs.
Because the fascia throughout the body forms one seamless network, pain in one area of the body affects body function everywhere. Therefore, we treat the body by working on all areas, not just the area that is feeling the immediate pain. By lengthening and releasing the fascia, Rolfing® helps the body regain its flexibility. The fascia release integrates the entire body and returns it to its state of natural alignment, leading to less restricted movement and free from the conditions that lead to chronic pain.
Rolfing® sessions aim to realign, balance and alleviate pain within the body. Rolfing® has been described by many as the missing link in pain reduction and realignment of the body. Chiropractors work with the skeleton, and massage therapists with the muscles. Rolfing®, however, works with the fascia, which aims to lead to a complete eradication of aches and pains, improvement of posture and increased the freedom of movement. It also helps with both new and old injuries.
Although Rolfing® is not intended to directly address emotional sources of chronic pain, many clients discover through treatment that emotional damage has resulted in long-term tension, causing a misalignment of the body. In other words, holding their body in abnormal positions in response to emotional trauma has caused them to develop chronic pain. Recognizing and releasing the fascia in the areas of the body that have been affected by emotional stress can have a positive effect in initiating emotional healing, helping the body heal from the inside out.
A Rolfing® treatment at Active Therapy in North Vancouver can help:
- Reduce pain
- Increase joint range of motion (ROM) and muscle flexibility
- Reduce stress
- Improve posture and alignment
Other significant benefits include alleviating knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, rotator cuff, lower back pain, scoliosis/kyphosis/lordosis, whiplash, headaches and migraine, neck pain, TMJ, visceral issues, shin splints, heel spurs, foot and arch problems, sprains, frozen shoulder, Ilio-tibial band syndrome, respiratory dysfunction, and motor vehicle accident injuries.