Benefits of Myofascial Release
updated January 1, 2019
Myofasical release are self-massage techniques designed to help promote better health and muscle function. The myofascia is a network of tissue that covers the whole of our bodies, wrapping around our muscles and organs and helps keep everything in place.
When our myofascia is healthy, it takes the strain we all put on our bodies and distributes the force to help us avoid injuries. So keeping it running optimally is incredibly important. This is where self-myofascia release techniques are used.
By using these techniques for just 10-15 minutes a day you can make a huge difference to how you feel. Whether you are experiencing repetitive strain pains, post-workout muscle pain, or living with chronic pain due to a medical condition. Self-myofascia release is a simple, yet very effective solution to muscle and joint pain.
There are numerous health benefits to myofascia release, let's take a look at some of the more important health benefits and how they can apply to you.
Stimulates Better Blood Flow
There are numerous scientific papers and studies to prove that myofasical techniques increase blood flow in the body. It's not just to the areas of the body being massaged that benefits either, the whole body benefits to a lesser extent.
By using myofasical techniques you can work on knots and tissue damage in the fascia under the skin that may have been restricting blood flow. Improving the flow of blood helps your body to run more optimally. Promoting healthy cell growth and organ function, as well as allowing your body to heal quicker from injuries and fight off infections.
Stimulates Lymph Activity
Our bodies have lymphatic systems that are crucial to our well-being. The lymph system is a network of ducts, nodes, vessels and organs in our bodies that pass lymph fluid through our tissues and into our bloodstream.
A health lymphatic system means a healthier you. Myofasical massage stimulates and improves the flow of lymph fluid in your body. Meaning you will have more energy, feel great, and strengthen your immune system.
Improves Muscle Function
It's normal to build up tension in muscles through bad posture and carrying out repetitive motions for our day jobs. If you don't massage these muscles and their surrounding tissues they become damaged over time.
By self-massaging muscles that are holding tension and developing knots you release the tension and help the muscle function better. More blood and oxygen can flow into the muscle and your body will be able to repair it.
Most of us develop some sort of pain in our bodies from our day jobs. Office work can cause repetitive strain injuries, laboring can cause pain in larger muscle groups, and so on.
Myofasical technique are very effective at relieving pain. Just set aside a few minutes each evening after work to massage the areas of your body that hurts and you will reduce the pain considerably, if not eradicate it entirely.
Restores Range of Motion
Unless you exercise regularly to improve on the range of motion in your muscles you are likely seeing a reduction in motion. Through repetitive daily tasks and muscle-memory we all experience a reduction in our range of motion.
By performing self-myofasical release you can improve the range of motions in your muscles. This is achieved by breaking up the tightness in the fascia and allowing the muscles to stretch more freely
Reduces Post-Workout Soreness
Myofasical release is commonly used by professional athletes to reduce the amount of muscle pain and soreness they experience after working out. If it works for professionals, it works just as well for the average guy or gal working out for recreational purposes.
Muscle soreness the day after working out can be incredibly painful, and even stop you working out the next day. By massaging the muscles after working out you stimulate blood flow and give your body a head-start on the healing process.
Jessica Fuller is a massage therapist and blogger at foryourmassageneeds.com. Where she blogs about everything to do with massage therapy, alternative medicine, and more.