Video: Self Massage & Myofascial Release at Home to Relieve Your Pain

Myofascial Release is not only an awesome and highly effective treatment technique to receive during a therapy session, it can be used at home and this is what makes it stand out from the crowd. Self Myofascial Release using a small inflatable ball feels good, can reduce your pain and symptoms as well as prevent them in the future.

It is similar to using a foam roller, or trigger point massage, but slightly different in technique. A tennis ball, although yellow, like a foam roller, can often be too hard or too much pressure, and an inflatable ball can allow you to stay in one position for 3-5 minutes. Place it where you feel tightness, tenderness, restriction or pain to allow the tissue and your body to release completely without feeling like you have to protect yourself due to intense sensations or pain.

Disclaimer: As always, please use common sense, do not work, exercise or treat yourself through sharp and shooting pain and if you feel like your problem or pain needs further evaluation by your physician or physical therapist, please give them a call. If you have a recent injury, fracture or If you are pregnant please skip the psoas work in your stomach and if you have osteoporosis or compression fractures please avoid using the ball directly under your spine. If you have any questions or concerns about weather these exercises are right for you please check with your healthcare provider or call our clinic in Greensboro today at (336) 271-6677.

 

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur all over the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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