Myofascial Release Trigger Point Release Therapy
Flexibility training is perhaps the most undervalued component of conditioning. While recent and ongoing debate questions its role in injury prevention, clients can still gain much from a stretching Myofascial release regiment.
In general terms, flexibility has been defined as the range of motion about a joint and its surrounding muscles during a passive movement. Passive in this context simple means no active muscle involvement is required to hold the stretch. Instead gravity or a partner provides the force for the stretch. By increasing this joint range of motion, performance may be enhanced and the risk of injury reduced.
Take racket sports for example. The same arm is used to hit thousands of shots over and over again. One side of the body is placed under different types and levels of stress compared to the other. A Flexibility Myofascial Release training program can help to correct these disparities preventing chronic, over-use injury. Of course, a more flexible athlete is a more mobile athlete. It allows enhanced movement around the court or field with greater ease and dexterity.
A muscle which is restricted due to pain can result in a decrease in the range of motion of the associated joint. The result of decreased movement in a joint can lead to problematic issues. Placing a greater load on the surrounding soft tissue (joints, ligaments and muscles) can, in turn, increase the chance of experiencing a muscle tear. In addition, muscular imbalance in flexibility and strength can occur. This can cause an increase in the risk of potential injury.
Muscle tightness can be seen in muscles that may be inflexible and can cause discomfort upon stretching. This can be illustrated with the supine hamstring stretch. Many individuals are unable to fully extend the knee when performing a hamstring stretch in the supine position due to tightness associated with the lower back muscles, hamstrings and calf muscles. Trigger points, on the other hand, are points in the muscle that are manifested as “knots” in the actual muscle tissue. These “knots” can be felt when pressure is placed on the muscle. The applied pressure can cause pain to radiate from the area of pressure to another area. For example, when performing IT (iliotibial) band rolling, pain may radiate up the leg to where the IT band originates at the top of the pelvis or possibly radiate down the leg to the ankle.
The presence of tight or sore muscles may often be associated with sports or fitness training activities. However, while some tight or sore muscles may be the result of a hard training session, quite often muscles can become dysfunctional due to poor body mechanics when performing activities of daily living. In addition, tight or sore muscles may also be associated with poor posture, dehydration and less-than-ideal nutrition. Stress, medical conditions and other factors may also be contributors.
Myofascial Release Self-myofascial release (SMR) is an excellent way to improve the flexibility and suppleness of a muscle. It may also reduce muscle pain which can restrict or inhibit movement of the muscle.
Foam rolling is a technique that can be used to promote myofascial release, which can help reduce or eliminate trigger points in the muscles. Myofascia is the fascia that covers the muscles and helps to keep the muscle groups together. The ffascial web intertwines through the human body. Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts often seek out the skills of a massage therapist to improve their recovery through myofascial release.
While some athletes and fitness enthusiasts will seek the services of a massage therapist, the majority may never have the chance to experience myofascial release. Using myofascial release techniques is a wonderful way to improve the quality of life. You may experience less soreness following a training session, your muscles can recover more quickly, and their performance levels may improve. Soon after embarking on a foam rolling myofascial release program, you could begin to experience a return to a normal level of function.
If you are ready to begin and learn about the benefits of Myofascial Release, please contact Steve 561-281-8330 and experience a truly unique experience. As always your first session is on the house.
Some other benefits may include an increase in body awareness, promotion of relaxation in the muscle groups stretched, Relieve Pain, Increase Blood Flow, Remove Triggers in the Muscle Increase Balance, Increase Range of Motion, Improve Revovery After Exeercise, General Well Being and Better Mobility.
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