Myofascial release is a popular method of treatment and there are many different methods. Many techniques aim to assess and treat musculoskeletal and myofascial pain. Some forms of treatment directly treat myofascial trigger points (TrP)’s, Myofascial Release while others treat more broadly. Therapists learning myofascial release usually have some level of medical training, which is needed for safe technique use.

Self Myofascial release tools

There are a wide variety of myofascial release tools on the market. Many of these tools were originally designed by therapists and for therapists. Most therapists have a level of assumed medical knowledge and technique training. However, the myofascial release tool market is very small compared to the wider general population. Although, it is possible to use such tools for self myofascial release (SMR), there are limits on what one can achieve. Each tool and technique work in different ways and there is no single tool that can treat everything. Equally, it might not be medically safe to use a specific tool or technique in a given situation.

Ideally, one really wants to treat tissues in a relaxed state, which is one reason why SMR has limits. It can prove hard to treat the shoulders, neck or back due to the positions one needs to achieve to gain access tissues. Also, tissues are rarely relaxed when in such positions and pressure and angle of technique are often poor. It is easy to make things worse if the wrong method is used or incorrectly. SMR is still great alongside other self maintenance.

One can often use trigger point therapy (TPT) tools and massage balls for treating TrP’s using SMR. The method can work well on the back of the legs, as it is easy to control the level of pressure and angle.

Spiky massage balls can also prove useful for treating the legs using a form of soft tissue release (STR). This method works in a different way to many other SMR techniques and can produce some great results.

Even SMR body massagers have limits when used to self treat. Again, tissue tension, angles and pressure all play a part in results.