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Foam Rolling 101

Myofascial release:

Screen shot 2015-11-04 at 1.25.23 AMis a manipulative treatment that attempts to release tension in the fascia due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues called fascia surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body.

There is a great little piece of equipment that many are unaware of called the foam roller. This is almost like having a massage therapist with you at all times. The foam roller is a form of self-myofascial release , which is soft tissue therapy. Why is this necessary? There are many things we do throughout the day that may cause tight muscle groups. This may lead to excess pressure, pain or discomfort  in your body.

This form of therapy is good for targeting specific trigger points within an inch or two. Holding pressure on the area and moving it back and forth for 30-60 seconds could help release some pressure, and allow your muscles to glide smoothly over one another as they contract. This has also been known to help unlock the body, and reduce pain.

Check out this clip for more info.

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