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Self Massage Therapy
The My-O-Balls™ are used as an aid in solving the problems commonly associated with tight
and knotted up muscles in the upper and lower extremeties (arms and legs/feet) of the human
The My-O-Balls™ feature BOTH myofascial release and compression simultaneously to provide
amazing relief for conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciatis, achilles tendonitis, carpal
tunnel syndrom, shin splints, and many many more conditions!
The My-O-Balls™ can be used by anybody, anytime, anywhere. It is easy to use, light, extremely
affordable, durable, and effective in a revolutionary way!
MYO-COMPRESSIVE RELEASE THERAPY (MCRT) USING THE MY-O-BALLS™!
My-O-Balls™ have been specifically designed for the purposes
of helping alleviate the muscular problems commonly
associated with feet, calves, thighs, fore arms, and wrists.
These issues include (for the feet and calves) plantar fasciitis,
Achilles tendinitis, sore feet, shin splints; and (for the arms)
golfers elbow, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome. Our in
clinic research has repeatedly proven that when used on a
regular basis, My-O-Balls™ can help to significantly reduce the
pain and irritation in the problem region, but Massage
Therapyalso help to restore proper function, faster.
The key to the My-O-Balls™ is in our patent pending application of giving the muscle (trigger
point, problem area, knot) both compression and point pressure at the same time. My-O-Balls
are designed to provide the best of both worlds and give the user results unmatched by any
other device on the market.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE BASICS
Myofascial release (or MFR) is a soft tissue therapy for the
treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. Selfmyofascial release (or SMFR) refers to someone performing
this therapy on them self. This alternative medicine therapy
aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and
lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that
wraps most structures within the human body,
including muscle. Fascia supports and protects these
structures. Osteopathic theory proposes that this soft tissue can become restricted due
to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain,
muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its
corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be
addressed as well, including other connective tissue.
Ischemic compression is a therapy technique used in physical therapy, where blockage
of blood in an area of the body is deliberately made, so that a resurgence of local blood
flow will occur upon release.
Ischemic compression is commonly applied to trigger points, in what is known as trigger
point therapy, where enough sustained pressure is applied to a trigger point with a
tolerable amount of pain, and as discomfort is reduced, additional pressure is gradually
Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points, trigger sites, or muscle knots,
are hyper-irritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated
with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.
The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these
points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point
itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns which
associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere.
Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch
response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a
muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle contracting whereas the local twitch response
also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction.
Among physicians, many specialists are well versed in trigger point diagnosis and
therapy. These include physiatrists (physicians specializing in physical medicine and
rehabilitation), family medicine, and orthopedics. Osteopathicas well as chiropractic
schools also include trigger points in their training. Other health professionals, such
as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage
therapists and structural integrators are also aware of these ideas and many of them
make use of trigger points in their clinical work as well.
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