The Benefits of Myofascial Release
By now, most of us know that practicing flexibility is an essential part of any well-rounded fitness program. Stretching not only maintains and improves the functional range of motion, but it also helps to promote recovery after rigorous workouts.
However, sometimes stretching alone is not enough to release all of the adhesions and knots created by repetitive movements. What can you do about it?
Upgrade your stretching game.
Myofascial release is essentially just self-massage and can be done using a variety of fitness equipment.
I encourage you to ask the fitness staff for information about availability and use of foam rollers, “the Stick”, tennis balls, med balls, and other modalities of self-massage.
These tools can help to eliminate trigger points in muscles that cause stiffness, soreness, fatigue, and weakness. I personally love “the Stick”, and I use it after every strength and cardio session.
How about you? Are there any self-massage applications that you favor? Tag us in your Instagram posts and let us know.
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-Jason L., Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health