Take a moment with the mini MOMED massage ball. Made with natural rubber, use this ball for targeted relief.
The MOMED massage ball measures at 50mm making it a convenient size to throw in your bag or pocket for the perfect on-the-go massage tool. Made of natural rubber, use this ball for self-massage and to assist myofascial release.
- Includes 1x massage ball
- Made of natural rubber
What is Fascia?
The Fascia Research Society states, “Fascia is the most pervasive, but perhaps least understood network of the human body. No longer considered the ‘scraps’ of cadaver dissections, fascia has now attracted the attention of scientists and clinicians alike.”
Myofascial pain refers to pain caused by muscular irritation. Fascia is a sheath of connective tissue that covers your muscles and organs. Like our bones, fascia is composed mostly of collagen, which gives it a pliable, but tough, texture. Think of it like the pith of an orange on the inside of our skin. It can also be described as a dense ‘spiderweb’ that forms a protective layer over our vital body parts.
It is responsible for providing structure and stability within your body, and contains a plethora of nerves that make this tissue almost as sensitive as your skin! In fact, our fascia is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption, meaning that literally every part of our body is connected together through the fascia.
What Happens When Fascia Is Distressed?
When fascia is distressed, it tightens up, causing pain and decreased mobility. Again, imagine a spiderweb: What happens when the web is damaged? When your fascia is disturbed, it can adhere together, creating tight knots in problem areas, and become less flexible. This results in tender knots in or on muscles, called trigger points.
Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage. The goal of myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia so the underlying tissue can move freely. A review published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy found that myofascial massage therapy can:
● help joint range of motion
● increase muscle performance
● decrease fatigue after exercise
● decrease soreness after exercise
The self-myofascial release works best after exercise because your muscles are warmer. However, feel free to self-massage whenever you remember. It only takes a few minutes per day. Just like any physical activity (like stretching), the best results are seen after consistent practice.
When considering myofascial release, please consult with a physical therapist before considering self-treatment. A physical therapist will be able to assess your body and guide you through these techniques in order to properly self-treat at home. It is vital to consult with your doctor or a health care professional before engaging in myofascial release, as it may not be an appropriate treatment for you.
Warning: Never use a ball for myofascial release on your bones. It would hurt and it could also be dangerous: the pressure of the ball and your bodyweight could cause the bone to break or create severe injury. Be careful of applying too much pressure as you could also cause bruising. You should only use a ball on soft tissue such as muscles for myofascial release.