Myofascial release is your brain's way of releasing knotty areas (trigger points) in your muscles. Myofascial release begins as a result of deep-tissue massage and trigger point therapy.
When massaging your muscles with your foam roller, you'll encounter "trigger points," or tender, knotty areas in your muscles. Despite the discomfort you might feel, you'll want to continue massaging these tender-spots. You should pause on the spots you find most uncomfortable, breathing-deeply for about 45 seconds, and waiting for the tenderness you feel to diminish by about 50% to 75%, before continuing with your foam roller routine. Pausing on trigger points like this is called "trigger point therapy." Extreme discomfort is fine, but pain is not. Stop when you feel pain.
Foam roller massage and trigger point therapy send signals to your brain to begin the process of myofascial release at the trigger points you have worked-on, causing your body to slowly begin to remove the knots in your muscles. With regular foam roller deep-tissue massage and trigger point therapy, long, smooth, healthy muscle can be restored and maintained. This will happen over time, so don't expect results right away. If you work on trigger points regularly, you will eventually notice them starting to disappear. This could take weeks or months.
Foam roller massage is a cost-effective and convenient way to begin the process of myofascial release in your muscles. Click here, to learn more about the benefits of foam roller massage and myofascial release.
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