Almost everyone loves that feeling of soreness from a good workout; it’s an indicator of a job well done! But, sometimes, the soreness can linger and become mildly uncomfortable to down right painful. Unchecked and unrelieved, that soreness can lead to chronic pain, movement impairment, and/or imbalance.
You can also have muscle soreness from just sitting at work and/or doing repetitive movements for a long period of time. This type of muscle soreness is due to over-active and tight muscles which, also unchecked and unrelieved will bring on chronic pain, impaired mobility, and decreased flexibility.
Here is an excerpt from my upcoming book Pilates & Beyond talking about tension and pain relief:
The scientific term to relieve tension in the muscle, fascia, and connective tissue fibers of the body is called self-myofascial release (SMR). The practice of SMR helps relieve tension in the body and aids in returning over-active muscles back to their normal state in order to have optimal function. SMR is part of the NASM Corrective Exercise continuum and is essential in achieving proper muscle function, over-all balanced movement, relief of chronic tension pain, and injury prevention(…)
SMR may be applied to all areas of the body. SMR is achieved by applying pressure from an object to a tension site of the body for 30 seconds with maximum pain threshold intensity to 90 seconds with low pain threshold intensity. A minimum of 30 seconds of direct pressure to the tension site is needed for the effects and benefits to occur. A myriad of objects may be utilized to perform this exercise such as a foam roller, tennis ball, lacrosse ball, medicine ball, or The Stick to name a few(…)
Additionally, you should try to do SMR a few times a week and more often if you have chronic pain. You will find that not only will your body feel better, your general mood will be better too due to having less tension in your body. We often don’t realize how tense muscles can affect our moods until we are suffering as in the example of a tension headache.
Lastly, SMR is just one part of the big picture in the quest for achieving optimum health through a holistic approach. Our muscles work very hard to keep us upright and functioning, we must show our gratitude and take care of them.
Did you know that a tight gluteus may lead to lower back pain or that a tight IT (iliotibial band) may lead to knee pain?
Here is a video to show you how to do SMR on your legs and upper back:
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