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Rolling

Rolling is a type of massage technique that is incorporated into many types of massage.


What is rolling?



Rolling or skin rolling as part of a massage is a technique that aims to reclaim a sense of equilibrium within the tissues that may have been damaged or need targeting as a result of being over exerted. Rolling can be used to target structures such as the fascia which engulfs most of the structures of the body. It is also prone to injuries just like muscles are. As a result of this the specialist can apply a rolling technique that can target the areas that need working on. By using the rolling technique it can help to ease or eradicate the pain by stimulating the pain receptors which help to block the pain making rolling an essential art of the massage process.



Who is rolling for?



The technique rolling is and should be incorporated into most massages as it helps to target the structures that superficial massage doesn't usually target. Anybody that has suffered past or recent injuries should be exposed to rolling as it can help in the healing process and can help to break down adhesions built up within the muscle fibres. Regular massage with rolling incorporated into it would work on anybody that has an underlying disabling issue.

It can help:-
  • Post event
  • Pre event
  • Chronic pain
  • Post workout
  • Relaxation
  • Tight muscles
  • Delayed onset muscle soreness




Rolling massage technique on gastocnemius and soleus musclesAbove: Rolling massage technique on gastocnemius and soleus muscles



The benefits of rolling



Skin rolling is a form of therapeutic massage that is designed to help alleviate pain and decrease stiffness of the muscles and fascia. Through the use of rolling it is thought that it stimulates receptors within the skin and deeper structures and helps to give a positive feedback to the brain which can alleviate pain. As a result of this rolling technique that is applied to the superficial and deeper structures it is also thought that it targets and increases the blood circulation to the area being worked on which can have an effect on the rate of healing.

Other benefits are:-
  • Increase in circulation
  • Increase in range of movement
  • Increase in recovery time
  • Reduces pain
  • Breaks down adhesions
  • Restores collagen and elastin
  • Improves nerve function




Rolling massage technique on trapezius muscleAbove: Rolling massage technique on trapezius muscle



How Rolling works



Skin rolling is used as a technique that is designed to release tension and a build-up of adhesions within muscle fibres which can cause pain and decrease range of movement as a result. By applying a rolling technique the specialist is essentially separating the connective tissue components such as muscles and fascia from each other in order to increase the function a working abilities of the these structures so that adhesions are broken down and that pain may be decreased. Rolling is an effective way to 'iron' out the connective tissues which may have been restricted as a result of injury or steady process of bad posture.





Rolling massage technique of adductor magnus and semimembranosus muscle for relaxationAbove: Rolling massage technique of adductor magnus and semimembranosus muscle for relaxation



Summary



Overall rolling is an important component in massage therapy and should be used in conjunction with other methods such as effleurage and petrissage to gain its full effects. A regular massage with this incorporate in to it will have an overall positive effect on the body's functions. It can help to increase range of movement and decrease pain at the same time and is thought to be successful when applied on a regular basis.

How to book an appointment

If you need some further information regarding rolling within a massage then email office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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