Rolfing Structural Integration Therapy
Named after Dr. Ida Rolf, Rolfing, or Structural Integration, is a hands on therapy dedicated to realigning the bodies soft tissue structures, which include muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, and fascia. Driven to find solutions to her health problems, Dr. Rolf spent many years studying and experimenting with different systems of healing and manipulation. The notion that proper alignment, physiologic function and anatomical structure are related is the basis of this healing method.
Dr. Rolf understood that gravity is a powerful force shaping our bodies. Just as the effects of time and gravity can result in a building losing its structural integrity and begin to collapse, the same is true for our bodies. The loss of structural integrity makes us inflexible, inefficient and subject to chronic pain in areas that have lost optimal functionality as a result of internal pressures and restrictions. Any misalignments in our bodies are exposed by gravitational forces and require more muscle effort. This creates compression, compensation, and ultimately musculature imbalance. Structural integration is simply the process by which the sections of the human body: head, neck, shoulders, rib cage, pelvis, knees, ankles and feet, are restored to their optimal alignment. The practitioner will determine where a patient has lost joint mobility, has muscle weakness or joint stability problems, lost range of motion, and created muscle imbalance. Once determined, the therapist can effectively create a treatment protocol to address the soft issue structures effecting any misalignments and release any scar tissue adhesions. The work is then reinforced and stabilized with proper biomechanical movement therapy and functional rehabilitation.
Rolfing therapy is structured around the idea that the whole body adjusts or compensates for misalignment, injuries, uneven use, and an asymmetrical activity, which is crucial to understanding how permanent change is possible. Body misalignment in gravity often results in chronic strain and pain, lowered vitality and impaired biological and psychological functioning. Rolfing puts the body in better balance, which in turn requires less energy to move against gravity, and movement becomes easier and more efficient. People who have been Rolfed sit, stand, run, jump, push and pull with a greater sense of balance, stability, and efficiency.
The 3 Most Likely Reasons An Athlete Seeks Out Rolfing:
- Performance enhancement
- Injury prevention
- Recovery from an injury or surgery