With new clients, we sometimes get asked about what Myofascial Release is and whether it relates to foam rollers. This is somewhat understandable given the fact that rollers are now a commonplace item in most gyms, fitness centres and households.
However, we like to stress that while there are some similarities in using a self-bought foam roller tool and professional myofascial release treatment, carried out by a trained practitioner, the differences are actually huge.
Understanding Myofascial Release
We’ve talked about this a lot on our blog, so here’s a quick reminder about what myofascial release is:
- A safe and targeted treatment that involves slow, steady and gentle releases of tension in your body’s fascia
- Treatment that targets areas of resistance to disperse energy to aid the body’s healing process and restore balance
- Something that takes into consideration the way the whole body is connected
Why Can’t Foam Rollers Achieve Myofascial Release?
Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue that surrounds and stabilises muscles and organs. To achieve true myofascial release, adhesions or fibrotic scars that build-up due to physical activity needs to be able to slide past one another.
This is best done with gentle targeted movements by a professional rather than just by simply compressing the tissue for short bursts of time with a foam roller.
What Myofascial Release Is Not
- Any type of deep tissue work that is carried out by a non-trained professional
- Treatment that can be carried out by yourself
- Something that takes less than five minutes to do after a workout or during your morning stretch
|Foam Rolling||Myofascial Release Treatment|
|Fast, repetitive movements||Slow, targeted and intentional movement|
|Releases elastin fibres||Releases elastin and collagen fibres|
|Only address the area you target||Achieves whole body impact via interconnecting fascial web|
|Sometimes painful||Usually pain-free|
|Forces your body to release while pushing through restriction||Gentle encourages the body to release allowing it to heal itself|
|Used on areas that are convenient and accessible||Performed on almost any part of the body by someone with knowledge of fascia|
Myofascial release treatment is incredibly interesting, so get in touch with us at Acubody if you want to learn more about how it works or how we can create a treatment plan for you.