Myofascial Release: New Therapeutic Options
Besides our muscles, bones and organs, examining fascia are essential for finding the cause of pain. Fascia is a specialized system of the body with an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a knitted sweater. If you have pain in your left foot, you may feel the pain in your right shoulder too. They are linked.
Through manual influencing of the fascia-muscle system, the positive tension of the system can be restored. The blood and lymph flow are improved and consequently, the immune defense and the exchange of substances and information in the tissue are optimized. These changes can significantly reduce the risks of overstrain and injuries.
Pressing over specific trigger points can reduce the spasmodic tension of individual muscle fibers.
Self Myofascial Release (SMR) consists of pressing on the Golgi tendon, where is the transition area between muscle and tendon. The nervous system presumably receives the message that there may be extra tension on the muscle fibers and a reflex-like relaxation of the muscle is triggered and the stretching effect is intensified.
The application of SMR techniques improves blood circulation in the tissues, and thus accelerates the removal of metabolic products that prevent muscle regeneration. SMR (Self-Myofascial Release) techniques can be used by non-athletes, as well as by patients who would like to support the effects of myofascial therapy by a therapist, with the independent application of Myofascial Release techniques at home.
The market now offers a variety of aids for performing SMR. The best-known tools are fascial rolls and balls of different sizes, degrees of hardness and varied surface textures. It’s important to receive guidance and suggestions from a physiotherapist before doing these techniques by yourself at home.
Note that you should always consult with a physical therapist or doctor before applying SMR since for certain health conditions it can be risky and done wrongly can cause more damage than good.