Why It works
Compressing the tissues with various mobility tools helps restore muscle and fascia to its natural elastic states of health primarily through myofascial release.
Myofascial release simply means; releasing the tension and stickiness of muscle (myo-) and its surrounding web of connective tissue.
What is myofascial release and why does it work?
Myofascial Release is an effective manual therapy which can directly change and improve the health of fascia.
The purpose of Myofascial Release is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and help restore fascia to its natural state of health thus helping to improve flexibility and restricted movement patterns.
In a normal healthy state fascia is relaxed and soft even though its tensile strength is stronger than steel cables. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma or inflammation, the fascia can become restricted and a source of tension throughout the rest of the body. Untreated trauma such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or habitual poor posture has a cumulative effect over time.
When muscles and surrounding soft tissue gets stuck, the body starts formulating additional, extra tissue similar to scar tissue that you experience on the surface of your skin. Breaking up these sticky bonds with deep tissue compression is actually how Myofascial Release is effective in restoring elasticity to the muscle tissues.
Deep compression of the tissues helps to break up fascia and relax tight muscles and adhesions formed between and around muscle layers. This deep compression also allows for normal blood flow to return, restoration of healthy tissue, reduction of the stress hormone cortisol and activates the parasympathetic nervous system; the system responsible for relaxing the body.
The body naturally wants to heal and be healthy, but an assist is necessary to restore optimal muscle and tissue health.
When fascia is damaged or traumatized it can become too tight and cause a number of problems such as:
- Muscle pain and spasms
- Chronic back and neck pain
- Recurring Injuries
- Sciatica Pain
- Breathing Difficulties
- Sensations such as numbness and pins and needles
- Poor Posture and reduced flexibility
Myofascial Release has been used effectively used for:
- Low back pain
- Neck stiffness
- Shoulder injuries
- Arthritic conditions
- Sports injuries
- Increased range of motion and flexibility
- Enhancing performance
Diminishes aches & pains
flexible tissue become tight due To:
- Traumas, such as a fall or car accident
- Work Injuries
- Poor Posture and Movement Patterns
- Lack of Stretching such as prolonged sitting or standing
- Emotional/Psychological Stress
- Repetitive motions, such as factory work or keyboarding
Myofascial Release Foam Roller
Why Does it hurt when using our tools?
People new to myofascial release and foam rolling find that it can be uncomfortable at times, especially for neglected overly tight areas. Usually this is an indication you found an area that needs attention. When sensory receptors are compressed it can feel uncomfortable, this is normal. With time and each mobility session you will get more comfortable with finding and alleviating painful areas through your mobility training.
For many, the idea of a deep tissue massage is easy to understand. Essentially that's what myofascial release is, except you are the one controlling the pace and pressure. Self-myofascial release provides you the ability to control the healing and recovery process by applying pressure in precise locations to best fit your needs.
Keep in Mind that your goal through your mobility time is to find and "fix" areas that need attention; Seek And Destroy muscle knots and bunched up tissue through the self maintenance of Self-myofascial Release.
The goal to any corrective recovery technique is to get you back to the point of normal functioning, as if nothing was wrong in the first place. When was the last time you trained like you were a teenager, going hard without a second thought, and injuries were something that only happened due to physical trauma?
It is always recommended to consult with your physician or physical therapist for any sharp pains and get approval before starting any type of home therapy.