MORE MYO-FASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUES

Fri Jan 30, 2015
Morning! Hope everyone tried some of the release techniques I posted yesterday. I promise self myo-fascial release works…you just have to be consistent with it. In a lot of instances a person does not realize that have tightness in a certain area. For example, your hip could be hurting. It’s fine to roll the hip, but rolling the foot, calf, I T Band or hamstring could bring greater relief. Remember, our muscles should be working in better unison.
For today a few more body parts to work on.

QUADS
Using Trigger Point Quadballer or A FOAM ROLLER
1. Place the Quadballler just above your knee. 2. Lie down and prop yourself up on your forearms. Roll the Quadballer up and down your quad, stopping on any trigger points. Gently rock side-to-side. 3. In addition to rocking side-to-side on hot spots, bend your leg back at your knee. Hold for a few seconds. 4. Straighten your leg. Hold. Alternate bending and straightening your leg on your hot spots on your quad.

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1. Start with foam roller near your knee on the inside of your thigh. 2. Roll up towards your groin, stopping on any trigger points. 3. With the foam roller, you can go higher up your adductor than you can with a Quadballer. Repeat on other leg.
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IT Band
This is my favorite trigger point release exercise. If you run a lot, chances are you’ve experienced “runner’s knee.” Runner’s knee is caused by a tightening in your Iliotibial band, or IT band. The IT band is a thick band of fascia running on the side of your leg from your knee to your pelvis. Massaging your IT band can help loosen up tightness and prevent future injuries. Take it easy when you’re first starting out rolling your IT band. It’s going to hurt.

1. We’re going to roll the foam roller up and down the side of our leg starting at the top of the hip and down to just above the knee. 2. Lean back on your arm and bend your non-treated leg for added support. Roll up and down IT band, stopping on any hot spots. 3. If you really want to dig into those trigger points, lift both legs off the ground. Grimace. 4. In addition to applying steady pressure on hot spots, rock side-to-side on them. Repeat on other leg.

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There ya go. Foam rolling is uncomfortable but so worth it. Being able to treat yourself with these techniques will help keep you running, biking, playing tennis or whatever activity you do longer. Start rolling!. Also, if you do see a massage therapist it helps there work last long.

FASCIA

Mon 1-19-15:
What in the world is fascia and why am I seeing/hearing about it everywhere?
Fascia, is a thick, sticky, wet fibrous connective tissue. It is everywhere in our body. It holds our organs in place. It is like plastic wrap around the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons.
Fascia can contract and impact the way you move. It’s our richest sense organ, it possess the ability to contract independently of the muscles it surrounds and it responds to stress without your conscious command. That’s a big deal. It means that fascia is impacting your movements, for better or worse. It means that this stuff massage therapists and physical therapists and orthopedists have right at their fingertips is the missing variable, the one they’ve been looking for.
In its healthy state fascia is smooth and supple and slides easily, allowing you to move and stretch to your full length in any direction, always returning back to its normal state. Unfortunately, it’s very unlikely that your fascia maintains its optimal flexibility, shape or texture. Lack of activity will cement the once-supple fibers into place. Chronic stress causes the fibers to thicken in an attempt to protect the underlying muscle. Poor posture and lack of flexibility and repetitive movements pull the fascia into ingrained patterns. Adhesions form within the stuck and damaged fibers like snags in a sweater, and once they’ve formed they’re hard to get rid of?
How to care for your fascia:
1. Before getting out of bed…roll around a little and stretch.
2. Drink plenty of water. Fascia is wet and sticky and will move better when hydrated.
3. Stretch your muscles.
4. Stretch your fascia. Fascia needs to be stretched by holding the stretch much longer…3-5 minutes.
5. Get regular massage therapy. A good massage therapist will loosen that fascia and get circulation to the tissue.
6. Spend 15-20 minutes in a warm Epsom salt bath regularly. Epsom salt has healing properties that can be absorbed.7. Use a form roller regularly.
8. Rest your body to heal thru an injury. Coming back to soon…that fascia will jump in to protect your injured muscle causing lingering effects.
9. Work on your posture! Poor posture all day long put stress on muscles, bones and fascia! Foundation Training will help correct posture and get the posterior muscles to help stand you up better and create better movement patterns.
There you have it. Work on your body!

HOW ARE YOU EVOLVING?

Monday 12/29/14:
Hard to believe 2014 is just about gone and it all seems like a blur!
In preparation for the New Year let’s talk about what’s happening to our bodies and what will happen if we don’t work on our posture, our movement, and our diet. Take a look at the picture below:

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Take a minute to think about how we evolve…
We start out in the womb all curled up in a ball. We enter the world not yet ready to do much of anything except eat and sleep. As we gain strength we hold our head up and start to crawl. We start figuring out we can get places by crawling around, but it’s not enough. All that crawling got our legs, hips, shoulders, core stronger…we start walking…how cool is this?
We have evolved into active children. We get to spend years like this just “playing”! Run, jump,push,pull,bend just non stop movement all the time! What a freedom it is!
Then we turn into young adults. This is still pretty cool, but now we have to go to work everyday. Most of us sit behind our desk 6-8 hours per day.. Some of us will have jobs on our feet all day like retail or factory work. Some will have harder labor jobs like construction or heavy lifting type jobs. We develop poor habits thru the years because of a lot of these jobs. Sitting is on top of the list as being hazardous to our healthy. Standing all day is better than sitting, but you better be getting some range of motion in there or your muscle are just going to shorten up and get tight….just like sitting. The hard laborer job has plenty of movement …but is it proper? Are they lifting properly, bending properly? All these jobs are worthy employment…but when we retire we don’t want to look like the picture above!
Make your goal for the New Year to learn about your posture! You can fix that forward head position. those rounded shoulders can get better. You can turn those feet straight ahead instead of walking like a duck. You do have a core and you can learn to use it properly. You can fix your posture…so that you can breathe better. There is so much
that you can improve about yourself…if you just learn about your own body.
Don’t end up like those photos…start improving today!