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Treating the legs - self myofascial release tools

Treating the legs with self myofascial release (SMR) tools - a myotherapist's perspective Self-myofascial release (SMR) has grown hugely in popularity and partly due to social media. Just as there are many forms of myofascial release (MFR), there is a huge variety of myofascial release tools on the market. As with most tools, each tool has a specific purpose by design. Equally, it is possible to use particular tools in different ways to achieve different intended outcomes. Professionals using soft-tissue therapy techniques, including (MFR) have historically used specific parts of the body to perform techniques on patients/clients. The development of many SMR tools came about by professionals looking to reduce loads and wear and tear on their bodies. However, the market for such tools within the professional therapist field is relatively small compared to the entire population. Hence, it is essential to understand the origins of such tools and the knowledge base behind their use and

Self-Myofascial Release - Massage Ball - SMR tools

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) - Massage Balls and SMR tools Although many companies are advertising and selling various self-myofascial release products, there are limits to the usefulness of such products in a self-treatment context. Equally, if the wrong product or techniques is applied in the wrong context then one can actually make symptoms far worse. The article about self-myofascial release using massage balls and trigger point therapy explains some of the limitations of such methods in a self-treatment context. Unfortunately, anybody can design, sell or produce videos about such self-treatment products and with zero to some knowledge of the actual therapy techniques such products are trying to replicate.  Article written by Terry Davis MChiro,  BSc (Hons),  Adv. Dip. Rem. Massag.,  Cert. WHS. As of December 31st 2020, the author chose to leave the Chiropractic profession and pursue studies within the Physiotherapy field. He no longer works as a  McTimoney Chiropractor  a

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) and foam rollers

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) and foam rollers As with other self-myofascial release techniques, there are limits as to what is achievable with a foam roller in a self-treatment context. There are times when using a foam roller would be contraindicated (not advisable), though there are lots of videos of people foam rolling almost every part of their body. One needs to understand that a foam roller is just one tool in a toolbox of self-treatment options. Massage and soft tissue therapists have multiple tools or techniques in the toolbox too, and part of their skill comes from knowing when to and when not to apply each tool. Symptoms can become far worse if the wrong tool is selected, or if one misuses the tool and foam rollers are no different. Unfortunately, it appears (based on on-line videos) that there is a lack of understanding concerning the actual massage therapy techniques that a foam roller is trying to replicate. The full article about self-myofascial release using a foa