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Self-myofascial release (SMR) also known as self-massage can be utilised to release muscle tightness or trigger points at home. This method can be performed using a foam roller, massage ball or your own hands.
What is myofascial release? Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue fibres under the skin that attach to muscles to stabilize and separate them from other internal organs. The fascia can become stressed from repetitive movements, inflammation, or injuries causing acute strains and sprains. This poor condition of the fascia can lead to the formation of adhesions, commonly known as trigger points or ‘knots’. Trigger points can be felt as a knot in the muscle, and can refer tightness and or pain throughout connecting areas of the body. This abnormal state of fascia in the form of knots can lead to muscle imbalances, incorrect posture, and can cause reduced blood-flow to the surrounding tissues and muscles; preventing recovery.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascial release can also aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice. Myofascial release (MFR) therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. There are a number of conditions and symptoms that Myofascial release therapy addresses.