Research Review: Longer duration self myofascial release produced greater ROM results without altering performance
By Stefanie DiCarrado DPT, PT, NASM CPT & CES
Edited by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS
Original Citation: Sullivan, K.M., Silvey, D.B.J., Button, D.C., Behm, D.G. (2013). Roller-massager application to the hamstrings increases sit-and-reach range of motion within five to ten seconds without performance impairments. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy 8(3) 228-236.- ARTICLE
Roller massage myofascial release of the hamstrings, applied by a external source.
Why is this relevant?: The use of self-myofasical release to improve range of motion (ROM) is not new, but its use within a corrective exercise program has not been extensively researched. This study is the first to examine the relationship between duration and volume of self -myofasical techniques and improvements in ROM. Additionally, research on static stretching techniques have shown a reduction in maximal force production of the affected musculature immediately following a static stretch, but this study, along with others, provides evidence that myofascial release can produce ROM gains without the decrease in muscle force output (1,2).
|Study Design||Randomized Controlled Study (RTC)|
|Level of Evidence||Level II: Evidence from at least 1 RTC|