Self-Myofascial Release Techniques

by Alan Russell |   Date Released : 15 Apr 2002
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Alan Russell

About the author: Alan Russell

Alan Russell joins NASM from his position as coordinator of sports performance and reconditioning at Physiotherapy Associates' Tempe, Arizona clinic. Previously, he spent nine seasons with the Anaheim Angels baseball club as a certified athletic trainer. Alan has reconditioned hundreds of professional baseball and football players, as well as elite track-and-field, college and high-school athletes. Russell received his Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Boise State University. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sports nutrition.

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Gustafson, Marcia | 25 Jul 2010, 23:02 PM

#3 in the 'general guidelines' is confusing when considering #2 and #4. What exactly does #3 mean? That if a muscle is too painful on the roller then discontinue smr?

2. If pain is reported, stop rolling and REST on the painful areas for 20-30 seconds.
3. Continuing to roll when pain is present activates the muscle spindles, causing increased tightness and pain.
4. Resting 20-30 seconds on painful areas will stimulate the GTO and autogenically inhibit the muscle spindles, reducing muscular tension and pain.

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