Today’s video, Myofascial Release Foam Roller Exercises, is brought to you by Trainer Josh. <–Go ahead and follow the link to his website for a more complete breakdown on myofascial release with a foam roller.
In this video, Trainer Josh walks us through some basic foam rolling exercises to release those tight knots and trigger points in your muscles, so you can feel better and train at maximum effort.
What is myofascial release?
In this example, the direct myofascial release (or deep tissue work) method is used by loading into the muscle or tight areas of the body, with gentle, sustained force, until tissue release occurs. In addition to foam rolling, practitioners can use knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch the restricted fascia by applying direct force. Direct myofascial release works out irregularities in myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilising adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached.
Tight muscles and trigger points may lead to a variety of injuries, including: cramps, and muscle and tendon strains and tears. The tissue structure in which the tight muscles and trigger points are located, place a greater strain on other tissues that must compensate for the surrounding weakness. These in turn can break down and spiral into more serious issues.
Trigger points in the fascia can restrict or alter the movement of a joint, which results in a change of normal neural feedback to the central nervous system. Over time, the neuromuscular system becomes less efficient, leading to premature fatigue, chronic pain and injury and less efficient motor skill performance.
Does Foam Rolling Hurt?
Foam rolling is just like getting a deep tissue massage. It will hurt in certain areas because those are the trigger points. If you’re not feeling anything, then you either need to find a denser foam roller, or leverage your body weight over the roller in order to get into the muscles a little deeper.
Foam Roller Exercises
Have you tried foam roller exercises? What are your thoughts on it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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