What is Myofascial Release
Updated: Jul 16
In the world of occupational safety, the hunt for the most effective form of flexibility in injury prevention is on. People often question if static or dynamic stretching is the best option for their employees to prevent injury. The data is in and the best option may be a third, unsung hero, Myofascial Release.
Defining Myofascial Release
Myofascial release (MFR) is often related to 'trigger point therapy'. In MFR, the fascia (connective tissue) that holds your muscles, joints and tendons together receives sustained pressure that allows it to release. This helps muscular imbalances (which are often the cause of soft tissue injury and are caused by repetitive motions) to resolve and heal.
The effects MFR has on the muscle
According to this study, when MFR is combined with static stretching, it is 33% more effective than static stretching alone at increasing range of motion and flexibility. This means that your general employee flex and stretch programs could have been 33% more effective adding this method.
When you release the knots and adhesions in an overactive muscle, it allows an autogenic inhibition to happen, causing the muscle to lengthen. This is why it is considered a form of corrective flexibility. MFR also breaks up fascia and causes an increase of blood flow and chemicals that heal the muscle to enter the area.
What This Means
What does all of this means? It means that when you're looking to prevent injuries, MFR in combination with static stretching is the most effective way to do it, so long as static stretching is kept to under 45 seconds for each muscle. See more about why the length of time in static stretching matters
How to Incorporate it into the Workplace
Learning about Myofascial Release is one thing, but how do you incorporate it into the workplace? It is important to utilize a professional's help when bringing Myofascial Release to your workforce.
There are two options when it comes to integrating MFR in your employees' routines. The first is to have a massage therapist come and offer this as a service. The second and much more cost and time effective option is to have someone come in to instruct and supervise your employees while they perform Self Myofascial Release.
Self Myofascial Release is a method of MFR in which you use simple and easy to use tools to perform release on your own muscles. When looking to bring this into the workplace, find a professional service that brings the tools and instructs the employees on how to use them, while supervising for safety and efficacy. You can see how Injure Proof does this here.
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