The PERKS of Myofascial Release
Let’s think for a second. Is there anyone that shouldn’t be doing self myofascial release? I honestly can’t think of anyone that could not benefit from self myofascial release.
First I’ll let you in on the benefits of Myofascial release:
• Corrects muscle imbalances
• Improves joint range of motion
• Relieves muscle soreness and joint stress
• Decreases neuromuscular hypertonicity
• Increases extensibility of musculotendinous junction
• Improves neuromuscular efficiency
• Maintains normal functional muscular length
Sounds pretty amazing. I know you have to be intrigued at this point.
Now for what I think is the truly amazing thing about self Myofascial release.
It can be done anywhere and with as little as a few minutes. You can use a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, and there are a variety of foam rollers.
Self Myofascial release is when a person uses their own body weight to apply pressure either on a foam roller or a tennis ball. You roll over the area for about a minute. If you find a tender spot you will focus on that area a little longer pausing over it. The common areas to apply self myofascial release are the IT band (iliotibial tract band), glutes or piriformis, quadriceps, hamstrings, psoas, calves, and the plantar muscles of the foot.
Who knew something so easy, convenient and affordable could have so many benefits and be used by all.
Lets take a look into the science of what goes on with body during this process.
When you have a muscle that is tight, the tightness inhibits your range of motion. This can create a change in how you move which can compromise your neuromuscular efficiency. This can lead to poor movement patterns, creating early fatigue and causing injuries.
When you feel this tightness in your muscles you incorporate the self myofascial release to improve muscular performance and balance. Also loosening the muscles, and joints, bringing back your range of motion, and decreasing your likelihood for injury.
Again it comes back to who wouldn’t or couldn’t benefit from self myofascial release.
In my mind everyone will. As for me, I perform self myofascial release on myself as part of my regular workout schedule and make sure all my clients know how and are incorporating it in their programs.
If you have any questions feel free.
Jaime Gangi, MS