Month: November 2016

Stretching Impacts Inflammation Resolution in Connective Tissue

Acute inflammation is accompanied from its outset by the release of specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs), including resolvins, that orchestrate the resolution of local inflammation. A study by Helene Langevine and colleagues showed earlier that, in rats with subcutaneous inflammation of the back induced by carrageenan, stretching for 10 min twice daily reduced inflammation and improved

Therapeutic Massage For Anxiety

A new study finds that massages may actually help treat anxiety and other mental health disorders, like depression, due to their ability to reduce cortisol and anxiety symptoms. The researchers conducted a randomized study that focused on patients who had generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People with GAD experience constant anxiety, with fearful and worrisome thoughts clouding their mind at all

Fascia microtrauma may contribute to DOMS

It’s normal to experience muscle pain after exercising if it’s been a while since you were active or performed a certain movement. This type of pain – called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS – generally develops several hours later and exacerbates over the next few days. The exercise that induces DOMS consists of eccentric (lengthening)

Specific and Cross-Over Effects of Foam Rolling on Ankle Dorsiflexion

Self-myofascial release (SMFR) methods such as foam rolling (FR) increase flexibility acutely but how long such increases in range of motion (ROM) last is unclear. Static stretching (SS) also increases flexibility acutely and produces a cross-over effect to contralateral limbs. Foam rolling may also produce a cross-over effect to contralateral limbs but this has not

Massage May Initiate Tendon Structural Changes

Physical exercise is now a widely known and studied factor of the proper functioning of living organisms. Many questions remain unanswered concerning various aspects of the changes in the morphology of structures subjected to chronic physical exercise. To study the effect of massage on collagen fibres in tendon, scientists from Poland conduced an experiment on

Does nerve growth factor cause more pain in muscle or fascia?

Nerve growth factor (NGF) is known to greatly induce hyperalgesia (heightened sensitivity to pain).Researchers from Heidelberg University and Mannheim, Germany explored patterns of NGF sensitization in muscle and fascia of distal and paraspinal sites. The study was published in Muscle and Nerve Journal. The researchers compared the effects of injecting nerve growth factor (an agent that

Everyday Fascial Fitness

Fascia can be found everywhere in the body, it is like a three-dimensional spider web that covers everything in the body. Training this fascia network is recommended to create elastic connective tissues and freedom of movement. Markus Rossman shares some tips in training your fascia. Fascia needs water The fine fibrous connective tissues can lose