I really get this question all the time, and most of the time it’s really hard to answer, because i have not tried out all the tools that you can get on-line….so last week, a client brought this in for me to “check out”.
This tool has “fascia” in it’s name, but it is marketed as a way to break up cellulite. I’m all for breaking up cellulite, so i tried it out, until it made me tired, and i quit. The instructions call for “rubbing up and down, like a washboard, quickly, on bare skin, for 1-5 minutes”.
My training is in something called Myofascial Release, and is taught by John F Barnes (www.myofascialrelease.com). Here is a description straight off of his website:
“Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual.
Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.”
We encourage the use of tools as well for self treatment at home between sessions, but they are usually soft balls, or stretching in positions that are supporting your body, so you can stay there for at least 5 minutes.
We are problem solvers here at Monarch, and we are ready to help you if you have nagging aches or pains that are getting in the way of living a healthy active lifestyle. Please let us know if we can be a resource to you!