For a long time, tense muscles were seen as one of the main causes of backache. To a certain extent, this is also true. But sometimes it's worth taking a closer look, because it is also possible for the fascial tissues to be responsible when pain in the back becomes unpleasantly noticeable. Here self massage or what experts call "self myofascial release" can help. Special aids can be used to release adhered layers of connective tissue, loosen up hardened points and stretch shortened tissue.
The fasciae are thick, taut skins made of connective tissue which are 0.3 to 3 mm long, with the lumbar fasciae being up to 15 mm. They cover and connect our muscles, bones and organs and form a three-dimensional network. This network gives shape to the body. Without it, the body would fall apart. But the fasciae are also rather susceptible. Stress, too much sitting and incorrect body posture have negative impacts on the structure of the network, causing chronic tension and muscle pain.
An aid for self massage of the muscles therefore has to fulfil certain prerequisites. It must be fairly robust and above all dimensionally stable, because at times it has to take the whole bodyweight. It should be possible to treat all externally accessible muscle groups in the locomotor system.
It is important to perform rolling movements in at least two directions; this can be done alone or also with a partner. Some parts of the body are more sensitive, so that it helps to be able to exert differing pressure and to have the possibility of different self massage variations.
The handling and massage descriptions must be so detailed that people with little knowledge of anatomy can use the aid. Ideally, self massage should be possible alone, without a partner.
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