What is Myofascial Release and Why Should I do it?
Updated: Sep 16, 2019
Myofascial release is the scientific name for, “rolling”, or “self-massage”. When you roll over an area of your body – or get a conventional massage from a therapist - you are breaking-up fascial adhesions (commonly referred to as “knots”) and hydrating the fascia that acts as a connection between almost all structures of the body. By breaking-up these adhesions you allow freer movement of the tissues encapsulated in the fascial network.
Lessening restrictions allows freedom of movement and muscles to fire in the ways they are supposed to. This is the first step to better movement and posture and is excellent preparation for exercise, as well to soothe aches and pains. The process, however, is often quite painful.
Fascial adhesions are the reason your posture has been pulled out of optimal alignment. Over time these restrictions can shape your bones and joint structure leading to postural issues. With bad posture comes a tendency to move inefficiently, which in turn increases the risk of injury. Effective myofascial release is an excellent starting point to combat such problems, but not many people know how to do it properly.
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