Myofascial Release & Foam Roller Therapy

 
Myofascial Release
 
The superficial fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the Myofascial system. For various reasons (including disuse, lack of flexibility/stretching, or previous injuries) the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together. This is called an adhesion and it results in restricted muscle movement. It also causes pain, soreness and reduced flexibility and range of motion. All of these factors can lead to injury.

Deep Myofascial Release is a technique in which our Physiotherapists use gentle, sustained pressure on the soft tissues while applying traction to the fascia. This technique results in softening and lengthening (release) of the fascia and breaking down of scar tissue or adhesions between skin, muscles and bones.

Dry needling may also be used to release the Myofascial Trigger Points. Myofascial release has been shown to relieve various injuries including Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shin Splints, as well as improving flexibility and preventing recurrence of injuries.
 
Our Physiotherapists will show you exercises to rehabilitate muscle imbalances that may have led to myofascial tightness. Pilates & Yoga are excellent ways to rebalance the body and prevent future injury.
 
Foam Roller Therapy
 
Self-Myofascial Release techniques on a foam roller can improve flexibility, performance, and reduce the risk of injury.  In a nutshell, you use your own body weight to releases tight muscles on the foam roller, massaging away restrictions and adhesions (scar tissue).
 
The foam roller is extremely effective for those “hard to reach” areas such as the thoracic spine, hips, scapula and glutes. It is commonly used by runners and people who exercise regularly, but can be used by anyone to alleviate tight muscles and fascia.
 
 
 
 
Benefits of Foam Rolling:
 
  • It helps correct muscle imbalances

  • It increases joint range of motion

  • It decreases muscle soreness

  • It can alleviate muscular tightness

  • It can relieve joint stress

 

 

Foam Rollers are available to purchase from Blackpool Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic. Large Foam Rollers cost between €30 and €40 depending on density and small ones cost €15. Our Chartered Physiotherapists will be happy to show you how to effectively use the foam roller for self myofascial release.

 

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