Myofascial Release

My definition of myofascial release is as follows: the application of safe, effective, and reliable tools to put pressure on specific muscle groups to help increase range of motion and decrease pain. 

Muscle strains can occur from multiple scenarios, such as the following:

  • Muscle imbalances
  • Poor flexibility
  • Not warming up
  • Lack of stretching
  • Lack of myofascial release
  • No massages

There are several benefits to using a foam roller, PVC pipe, lacrosse ball, or any other specific equipment you may use before or after you participate in any fitness activity. You must take care of your body.

Before each training session, an adequate warmup is important, but what counts as adequate will vary per sport. Sport-specific warmups are critical to your performance. 

Muscle imbalances and poor flexibility can cause severe acute and chronic pain, further increasing your risk of injury.

Muscle knots are developed over a long time. As a muscle knot is formed, it can cause a limited range of motion in a specific area. These are the areas that you want to target before and after your physical activity.

When you are in the process of using your mobility tools in a specific area, search for particular areas where you feel the most tension. Target those areas by spending time on that specific muscle group and loosening the muscle fibers to help increase range of motion. 

Finding a good massage therapist may take time, but once you do, schedule a massage once per week or at least once every two weeks.

If you have any additional questions, email me at coachsteve@neverstopgrindin.com