If you are suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, consider learning the technique of self myofascial release. Myofascial release is a proven method that works to improve the flexibility and mobility of restricted joints and tight muscles.
The Principles of Self Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is comprised of two basic principles:
- Breaking up the fascia or soft-tissue part of the connective tissue in the body
- Manipulating the neuromuscular receptors within the tissues to release muscle tightness
The soft tissues consist of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and the fascia. These tissues work together with the joints and the nervous system.
More About The Fascia
In myofascial pain syndrome, both the muscles and the fascia are involved. While all of us know what a muscle it, very few may be familiar with the fascia. The fascia is the connective tissue that lies between the skin and the muscle and bone. It covers and connects our muscles, organs and skeleton.
Injury to the fascia can cause restriction within the fascia, which, if not treated, can lead to chronic muscle pain, or, myofascial pain syndrome. The types of injury to the fascia include stress, inflammation, trauma and even poor posture.
Myofascial pain can affect the whole body because the fascia is spread like a spider web over much of the body and because most muscles work in tandem. If one muscle group isn’t functioning as it should, the other muscle groups will compensate. This leads to work overload on the tissues, fatigue and faulty muscle movements.
How Self Myofascial Release Works
Self myofascial release is similar to a self-massage but it is more involved. Myofascial release is stretching the fascia and releasing the tension that lies between the fascia, the muscle and the bone. The manipulation of the fascia, whether directly or indirectly, permits the connective tissue fibers to reorganize for increased flexibility and function.
The techniques of self myofascial release are performed on a piece of foam. Using your own body weight, you roll on the foam roll to massage away the fascial restrictions, returning the fascia to its normal flexibility.
Benefits of Self Myofascial Release
There are multiple benefits to doing self myofascial release. They are:
- A decrease in muscle soreness
- Relief of the stress on the joints
- Correction of muscle imbalances
- Reduced inflammation
- Promote and maintain normal functional muscular length
- Improvement in balance
- Increased body awareness
- A restructuring and realigning of the skeletal system
Another benefit of self myofascial release is that it is not only efficient but also affordable.
How To Learn Self Myofascial Release
While you can order the foam rolls and instructional DVDs through internet-based companies, for maximum benefit and personal safety, it is best to learn the actual technique of self myofascial release from a licensed therapist or trainer.