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A New Tool for Myofascial Release Therapy

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .

Pain is pain, right?

Not exactly. The human body is complex, and your musculoskeletal system is particularly picky. Muscle pain is different from ligament pain, a sprain is different from a tear, and your fascia is different from all of that.

Here’s why…

Simply put, your “fascia” is made up of membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. This vital support system crisscrosses your entire body, and is just as subject to pain as any other part.

When you have pain in your fascia, you need myofascial release.

When you have pain in your fascia, you need myofascial release.

Myofascial (mi-oh-FASH-al) release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage that is becoming more and more popular thanks to its perceived effectiveness in reducing muscle pain and increasing flexibility.

If you have any of these symptoms, you might benefit from myofascial release therapy – muscle tightness or stiffness, a feeling of “knots” in your muscles, reduced range of motion, and pain.

Here’s how it works:

In order for you to participate in physical and athletic activity, your body has to conduct a series of well-orchestrated movements involving your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, and fascia. And, when they are out of sync, you can have myofascial issues.

For example, if your hamstrings are tight, your other leg muscles may overcompensate.  This is a double whammy because not only does it result in suboptimal performance but it also puts additional strain on your overcompensating muscles.  The imbalances caused by overcompensation might lead to muscle strains or joint sprains as a result of awkward movement.

So what is myofascial release exactly?

Myofascial release therapy usually involves manual compression and stretching. A professional may use a therapy stick to press directly on areas in pain, with the idea that this hot spot compression will release tension and pain in your fascia.

With Therma1, you can apply self-directed myofascial release techniques easily and conveniently.  Therma1’s trigger point dynamic compression therapy, performed with a hot Recharge or Instant Roller, can help relieve symptoms of myofascial issues and help you improve your muscle, tendon, and ligament flexibility, thereby increasing range of motion.  Regular Therma1 hot compression therapy before athletic or physical activity can reduce pain, lead to improved performance, and help you reduce injuries.

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