At the gym you’ve likely seen, or experienced, the various forms of myofascial release therapy. Myofascial release therapy is a form of self massage which can be facilitated through a number of implements including a physiotherapy ball, Theracane™, foam rollers, or your own fingers. All of these methods can benefit to your healthy lifestyle when utilized properly!
These amazingly useful implements all have similarities in purpose, but vary in their utilization and focus. Each one has a specification that makes it the right tool for the task. The basics to releasing a muscle properly are pretty well the same for each implement. Simply apply moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle group using whatever implement you or your trainer deem adequate. You should roll/massage slowly, no more than one inch per second. When you find areas that are tight or painful, pause for several seconds and relax as much as possible. Steady, deep breathing will allow your body to relax, also adding oxygen into those tight muscles. You should slowly start to feel the muscle releasing, and after 5-30 seconds the discomfort or pain should lessen. Then you can simply move on to the next tight muscle! How lovely, right? Applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles, and assist in returning them to normal, healthy function. The normal function of a muscle is highlighted by its elastic nature, and ability to perform at a moment’s notice without pain or tightness. The goal of any corrective or recovery technique is to get your muscles, and you, back to a point of normal, healthy function. Which is why we suggest myofascial release with some implementation.
Let’s take a closer look at what each of these tools does, and how to utilize them for the best results.