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Self Care Using Myofascial Release

Many times when you hear the phrase self care people think of taking a bath, meditating, or spending time with friends. Self care can also be self health care.

Given that we are in a time where people are concerned with potential exposure to others and concerned about even whether to keep appointments with their health care provider because of concerns, its more important than ever to care for yourself and your health. Self myofascial release is a great way to reduce tension that can lead to headaches, neck and back pain. Using tools like RockBalls Infinity from Rocktape or placing two balls in a tube sock with the end knotted can be a great way to help with self myofascial release in the neck, forearms and calves.

The fascia is the thin, web-like layer of tissue that surrounds the muscle and helps divide it into compartments of muscles that have similar function. When the muscles get shortened, it can cause the fascia to wind up and decrease blood supply to the muscles. This can impact their ability to recover causing tender muscle knots or trigger points and stiffness. Myofascial release can help smooth out the fascia and improve blood flow to the region.

There have been ultrasound studies of fascia before and after myofascial release compared with using heat therapy. This study showed that heat only improved fascial glide and flexibility of the superficial or top layers of tissue, but myofascial release improved even deep layers of tissue with regard to stiffness, glide and flexibility. Myofascial release tools can be helpful in improving fascial glide on yourself. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about in office myofascial release services we offer in the office.

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