Myofascial Release and your HyperVibe WBV Machine
When the Ontario Distributor for HyperVibe, Peter Mueller, sent me the link to the site http://pt-vibe.com/ I spent some time reviewing the vast amount of content including videos and articles.
I was pleasantry surprised to see the whole topic of myofascial release and trigger points addressed.
If you not familiar with myofascial release, don’t feel bad. I had not heard of it until I complained that some of the sore spots on my stiff body (pre whole body vibration) were only relieved by massage for a short period of time. I felt great for a few hours after the massage, only to find the pain was back the next day if not sooner.
A massage therapist explained the whole topic of trigger points and muscle fiber, and I began to understand why some parts of my body often hurt.
Basically, this is a quick overview:
The fascia are thin bands of tough tissue or membrane that wrap around and enclose every muscle.
This membrane provides a surface, free of friction, allowing the muscle to slide easily over the parts of the body.
Deep fascia can seize in one spot, creating a painful knot. Or it may attach to the muscle fibres, causing a painful adhesion. This painful spot is a trigger point.
A good massage can release these trigger points through a process called myofascial release. The massage helps to relax and release the knot. However, for many people with a chronic problem, the pain is caused by the fascia, which can stay in the muscle memory. A massage releases it for a few hours, but eventually the problem creeps back. Some therapists have suggested using a tennis ball. By lying on the tennis ball, and moving back and forth gently, you can encourage the knot to relax, and reduce the pain you feel.
But my logic tells me that by using your HyperVibe to release the trigger point, the results should be much more pronounced and longer lasting.
There are some great examples on http://pt-vibe.com/ of using a foam roller on the WBV machine to release the myofascial in the glutes, shins, quads, and calves.
Physiotherapist Gabriel Ettenson has written about his experiences treating joint hypermobility including myofascial pain syndrome.
My simple guess is that WBV will provide new hope for people who need some additional efforts to release painful trigger points.