Myofascial release therapy can prove to be highly advantageous for athletes that undertake intensive training and play high-action games that stress their myofascial structure. This treatment helps to keep their muscles healthy so that they have no pain or discomfort. Regular sessions can also help maintain free movement, feeling of lightness, and flexibility. Therapists perform myofascial release therapy by using gentle, sustained pressure and slow stretching. However, depending on the requirements of their patients, they may also recommend the use of certain tools to helps with the release in stress in the myofascial structure.
Cylindrical Foam Rollers
Cylindrical foam rollers can help you perform myofascial release therapy on yourself. It is very simple to do and even senior citizens and young adults that are dealing with age-related or injury-related myofascial stress can easily use it. You only have to lie on the rollers with the trigger point facing the roller and move gently. Rely on the instructions of your therapist to understand exactly how it is done.
Curved Canes, also called Theracanes
Curved canes also called Theracanes can help you access those hard-to-reach trigger points so you can perform therapy on yourself in the comfort of your home.
Roller sticks come with spikes, spines, or bumps. You can move them over the affected areas to help soften the muscles and relieve the tightness in them. Yet another method for using them is to place them on the floor and roll the affected muscles over them.
Acupressure Balls can be used for manual trigger point releases in small sections. Like for example, you could move them on the biceps or on the underside of your thighs to help relax the stress points.
Floss Bands work to compress the injured muscles. As your therapist will direct you, wrap the bands around the injured areas and perform the full range of motions. Take care to leave the floss bands on for a maximum of 2 minutes. When you remove them, the muscles will receive a boost of oxygen and nutrient rich blood. The lymph movement in the area will help to carry away the buildup of toxins.
Vacuum cups used in myofascial release therapy are very similar to the cups used in cupping therapy. The cups are made of soft, flexible silicone. After placing the cup on the trigger point, your therapist will squeeze it to void the air inside it. The vacuum created in the cup lifts the skin off the myofascial structure so that a gap is created. As blood rushes the fill the area, it brings with it fresh oxygen and nutrients that help heal the stressed muscles and fascia. After a few minutes, the cup is removed.