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Foam Roller

The science behind Self Myo-fascial release is basically improving blood flow to dehydrated tissue (muscles), which improves their natural function. Over time athletes create mechanical imbalances that can lead to injuries or loss of performance. These imbalances are created through poor mechanics and posture which develop dysfunctional muscles that become dehydrated because the brain isn’t able to send the right signals to them. So by massaging the muscles, you are sending signals to the brain to let it know that these muscles are here and need adequate blood flow in order to activate properly.

General guidelines for Release techniques: If it’s soft it’s fair game to roll out on, if it’s a bone stay off of it. The sensation should only be a 5-7 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being extremely painful. If it’s painful then back off on the pressure, it’s a release so make sure you can relax. If you find a trigger point (knotted up muscle that’s dehydrated and needs blood flow), hangout there for 10-20 seconds and let the ball sink in. 2 minutes on each side

Helpful advice: when you realize where you are tight, I suggest you address that area first. If you only have time for one release, then that’s perfectly fine, do what benefits you the most. If it feels sketchy then it probably is. You need to be aware of what you’re addressing, and that you do not cause harm to yourself. If you have any questions or concerns please call/text me at 907-505-0463, or email me at trevor@latitude32fitness.com.

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