Is myofascial release the secret to better health and improved performance? It refers to a technique where pressure is applied to the muscle to ease pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood flow, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps the muscle in the human body. When you use certain muscles during exercise or intense weight training, the fascia tears and this causes inflammation.
This technique is commonly used in physiotherapy clinics alongside other treatments and massage techniques, but can also be performed on yourself with the right equipment.
Is Myofascial Release Painful?
It works by applying pressure on sore spots and tight muscles so you will feel some pain in that area. This should be a slight muscle pain similar to receiving a massage, nothing drastic or excruciating. If you feel unbearable pain, it is not being executed correctly!
What Are The Benefits of Myofascial Release?
Easing sore muscles and preventing future injury are the main benefits!
Athletes and those how exercise regularly will benefit massively as they can suffer from muscle soreness due to intense training. Also anyone with long-standing muscular problems, the elderly, or even those who have chronic headaches! Gently massaging on tightened muscles in and around the neck and head may actually reduce headaches. Who knew?!
Self-Myofascial Release with Pulseroll
Self-myofascial release is commonly performed with a foam roller. Pulseroll vibrating foam rollers and massage tools provide self-myofascial release using vibration technology to get deep into the muscles. But make sure not to roll directly over any joints or bones!
“During self-myofascial release, patients use their body weight on a myofascial foam roller to exert pressure on the opposing soft tissues. By varying their body positions, patients can use the rollers to isolate specific areas of the body and treat restrictions in the soft tissue.” - The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.