Health

Self myofascial release

November 22, 2016 • By

Self myofascial releaseFor years, myofascial release has been used by massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths to improve mobility and function and more recently self myofascial release have been utilized to improve recovery and boost healing times through self-treatment at home.

Self myofascial release is becoming a common prescription for patients and something that is now all over the internet and readily available. This isn’t just a fad either, there are a lot of benefits to it and it can be far more effective, time efficient and easier than stretching.

So what is a myofascial release?

Myofascial release works in a few ways:

  • As an inhibitory technique that decreases overactive tissue via stretching of the Golgi tendon organ. this leads to improved flexibility and mobility
  • Increasing  blood flow to the area (and all the goodies that it bringswith it)

Here are just some of the proven benefits of self myofascial release

  • Improves joint range of motion (1), particularly when combined with either postural alignment exercises or stretching
  • Reduction in arterial stiffness and increase in vascular endothelial action = more blood flow(2)
  • Immediately improved flexibility (3)

 

So how can you now give it a go? Get a Massage Ball, lacrosse ball or Foam Roller and get to work on your muscles

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