Self Myofascial Release (SMR)

By April 5, 2017blog


As a former college athlete and as a Fitness Coach, I’ve noticed an enormous amount of hip flexor, hamstring, back, rotator cuff, and postural issues in the work place and between the lines. In several instances these issues, acute and chronic, can be traced back to an over abundance of movement in one major plane of motion, the sagittal plane/anterior movement or a lack there of. This is very common. Many sports are predominately played in one plane of motion (Running, Football and Basketball). In addition, many corporate careers require that you sit for several hours at a time, in the office and while commuting. This causes asymmetries in the agonist and antagonist muscles. In a perfect world your muscles would be symmetrical, but due to the sedentary nature of many careers, and overuse and repetitive movements, our muscles loose its stretch reflex. This can lead to trauma, muscle strains, joint sprains, postural issues, discomfort, muscle tension, and diminished blood flow.

As a way to potentially ward off several of the issues associated with the above lifestyles, here at the Richardson program, during the recuperation phase, we implement Self Myofascial Release also known as SMR into the majority of our clients programs.

Myofascial Fascial compression and Trigger Point Therapy are forms of SMR which has a direct effect on skeletal muscle by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. (Which has a positive influence on an individuals flexibility and mobility.)
What is Fascia. Fascia is a thin, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body. Fascia supports and protects these structures.

One of the more common tools, used in most Health and Wellness industry, to facilitate Self Myofascial Release is the foam roller. The following is a list of other tool used for SMR: Myofascial Compression Kit; Hypersphere; Lacrosse Balls; and The Stick.

Contraindications for myofascial release are malignancy, aneurysm, & acute rheumatoid arthritis, Hematoma, open wounds, and varicose vein’s. People with these conditions must consult with your doctor prior to doing any form of self myofascial release.

NOTE: For further information on Fascia and Trigger Point Therapy please view the following resources: Anatomy Trains By Thomas W. Myers; and The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook By Clair Davies

Soon to come will be TRP’s video presentation of SMR.
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