Have A Ball - Myofascial Release Work For Pain
Apr 01, 2015 11:48AM ● Published by Jennifer Neys
By Tonya Amos, Aspire Pilates Center
Tight, achy muscles and joints make our lives uncomfortable. We often grin and bear the pain, from dull, consistent joint aches to painful muscle cramps. We may feel helpless and think that suffering through pain is completely unavoidable, rather than something we may have some control over. Taking comfort into our own hands through Myofascial Release (MFR) therapy gives a strong sense of control in how comfortable we feel in our own body.
Myofascia is the connective tissue that prolifically wraps, connects, and supports the muscles, bones, organs, and other connective tissues of the body. It’s the silvery gristle you see on a piece of raw chicken or marbling of a steak. And just as in the song, “The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone,” myofascia creates a continuous, membranous network of support and tensile communication from the head down to the feet. Through repetitive tasks, unhealthy posture, illness, surgery, and immobility, we build up tension patterns, movement restrictions, and pain in all too familiar parts of the body. Whether it’s our lower back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees, feet, forearms, or hands, pain can be deeply decreased by doing Myofascial Release. Using different props for different body parts, items such as a foam roller, bouncy ball, or tennis ball can help reduce discomfort and pain, prevent injuries, and increase flexibility and muscle function.
Find a great physical therapist, Pilates teacher, or massage therapist that specializes in helping people develop a home program of Myofascial Release. Although it’s not as great as having your own, personal body worker on call at any moment of the day, you can immediately take comfort into your own hands. By adding a few minutes of Release to your weekly activities, you’ll be able to work out more, have better flexibility, and be more comfortable in your body.