Movement. Our bodies were designed to move. We squat, we bend, we push, we pull, we run, we LIVE. We are all athletes in our individual shape, way, and form. Having the ability to move with ease and without pain is paramount to living a happy life where freedom of movement prevails.
Flexibility is important to moving efficiently and factors that affect flexibility can present themselves at any point during our lives. Factors like our age, occupations, past injuries, level of activity and fatigue can all play a role in our flexibility. Movement restrictions due to these factors can arise suddenly with onset pain or slowly over time. Learning to integrate flexibility techniques into our daily lives is VITAL to continue to move happily with ease. Self myofascial release will help address the issues that can come on acutely, along with treating and preventing those that come on over time.
Self myofascial release is a flexibility technique that focuses on the neural system and fascial system in the body. These systems play an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since they surround and attach to all our structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress (like workouts!) and perform our daily activities.
Trigger points are fascial restrictions that compromise the tissue structure in which they are located, placing a greater strain on other tissues that must compensate for its weakness. These points in the fascia can restrict or alter a joint’s motion, resulting in a change of normal neural feedback to the central nervous system. Eventually, the neuromuscular system becomes less efficient, leading to premature fatigue, chronic pain, injury and less efficient motor skill performance.
Learning the most up to date methods of self myofascial release is key for everyone from the desk jockey to the elite CrossFitter. HYPERICE has transformed some of the basic tools for self myofascial release commonly used today, a foam roll and a ball, integrating cutting edge technology to deliver results that exceed expectations. The VYPER and the HYPERSPHERE literally shake things up with the ways we use self myofascial release to both prepare and recover from activities.
The VYPER and HYPERSPHERE combine the pressure component of self myofascial release with the power of high intensity vibration at three different levels of intensity, to dramatically increase range of motion by up to 40%! Current studies demonstrate that using these tools significantly decreases pain associated with myofascial release on trigger points, leading to a more positive rolling experience in comparison to using non-vibration foam rollers and balls.
The vibration technology infused in the VYPER and HYPERSPHERE have an impact on mechanoreceptors within our muscles, helping to clarify why they are successful at optimizing flexibility and improving performance when used as our primary tools for self myofascial release. Pacinian corpuscles and Ruffini endings are the mechanoreceptors that are primarily responsive to rapid pressure changes, like that of vibration. They also aid in global muscle relaxation when slow and steady pressure is used when rolling. Stimulating them will result in improved proprioceptive feedback and controlled motor movement. Their stimulation is a must prior to activity and great for alleviating pain, and to aid in recovery post activity.
Feel better, lengthen muscles, reduce fatigue, improve sports performance, reduce soreness and stiffness in muscles for better and faster recovery……..what more can I say? Self myofascial release with HYPERICE is a game changer!
Get your game on and try some of these self myofascial releases with the VYPER and HYPERSHERE:
Release Your QL (quadratus lumborum AKA lower back muscle): Select the vibration intensity of your liking and place the HYPERSPHERE next to your spine (not on it!) and above your hip.
Lay on the floor with the HYPERSPHERE positioned on the QL and bring the knee in towards you for an effective release. Spend one to three minutes on the left side of your back and repeat on the right side. This release can be performed against a wall or on the floor.
Release Your TFL (tensor fascia latae AKA muscle on the outside of the hip where the IT Band originates from): Select the vibration intensity of your liking and place the VYPER on the lateral outside portion of your hip.
Oscillate your hip forward and back by leaning your body forward and back at about 45 degree angles. If you identify a tender spot, you have the option to keep the VYPER over the spot for an effective release. Spend one to three minutes on your left lateral hip and repeat on the right side. This release can be performed against a wall or on the floor.
Release Your Pectoralis Muscles (muscles along your chest): Select the vibration intensity of your liking and place the HYPERSPHERE on the outer edge of your chest, next to the armpit and underneath your collar bone.
Roll towards the sternum/midline of the chest making sure to not roll onto the sternum itself. Stay traveling side to side keep the HYPERSHERE traveling directly underneath the clavicle to cover the length of the pecs. If you identify a tender spot, you have the option to keep the HYPERSPHERE over the spot for an effective release. Spend one to three minutes on the left side of your chest and repeat on the right side. This release can be performed against a wall or on the floor.
Release Your Calves/Lower Leg Musculature: Select the vibration intensity of your liking on the VYPER. Sit on the floor and place the meat on the back of one of your lower legs on the VYPER.
For more intensity, you can cross the free leg over the leg on the VYPER and lift the hip up off the floor for more pressure. Roll up and down and side to side over the tissue on the back of your leg and if you identify a tender spot, you have the option to keep the VYPER over the spot for an effective release. You can also move your ankle in different directions to help further improve range of motion. Spend one to three minutes on your left calf and repeat on the right side.
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