Skin rolling, or myofascial release treatment as it’s also known. Is a technique in which a person can massage themselves or be massaged. The main benefits of myofascial release are designed to sooth painful areas or stiff joints on the body.
To describe this technique. You pull at the surface of the skin at the area you are working on. This stretches the fascia of the skin from the muscle underneath. Which has a number of therapeutic beneficial effects.
It stimulates and increases lymph activity, improves blood circulation and nerve functions. It also relieves pain and stiffness, as well as stimulating the skin with increased blood and oxygen flow.
Effects of Skin Rolling
Taking all of the above positive effects into account. Increased lymph activity, blood circulation and nerve functions. The culminating effect is what is widely believed to provide the pain relief and soothing effect on the area being rolled.
Lymphatic drainage is the body’s way of flushing out toxins that it may be holding on to. By flushing out these toxins quicker a person will feel and look a lot better.
This is tied into a person’s immune system. Less toxins means a stronger immune system. As you probably already know a stronger immune system means less illness.
With a stronger immune system you can also have a stronger barrier against emotional and mental stresses and other mental issues draining you. It’s a huge factor in a person’s ‘feel good factor’.
Myofascial release treatment increases the blood circulation to the areas being massaged. Increased circulation means more blood and oxygen is reaching the muscles and tissue.
This helps a person recover quicker from injuries and pain through muscle fatigue. If you exercise a lot, you will see and feel the benefits of myofascial release. Just set aside a few minutes a day to carry out the techniques.
The nerve receptors that are improved are what we use as sensory receptors. They help us respond to changes in the environments around us and transmit the feelings through our bodies.
The reduction in pain is one of the main reasons people use skin rolling techniques. Stimulating the skin releases endorphin’s. Endorphin’s are the body’s natural feel good chemical, which also acts as a painkiller and mood lifter. A much healthier way of dealing with mild pain than relying on traditional medicine.
Separating areas of skin that are stiff makes moving a lot more comfortable. Skin rolling is believed to stimulate and restore levels of elastin and collagen. These are anti-aging chemicals and can improve the quality of skin, as well as reducing the signs of cellulite and scars.
Skin rolling is sometimes recommended by physiotherapists to patients with discoloring, scars, or other skin blemishes. The techniques can lessen the effects of these issues over time.
Medical Conditions Skin Rolling Can Help With
While it’s not to be used as a replacement for medical procedures and advice. Myofascial release treatment is widely used by people looking to help with certain medical issues. These include:
- Chronic back pain
- Myofascial pain dysfunction
Benefits of Myofascial Release aka Skin Rolling Summary
In summary, the benefits of myofascial release include:
- Lessening the effects of skin blemishes
- Increasing lymph activity
- Improves blood and oxygen circulation
- Improves nerve functions
- Aids relief of medical conditions as above
Contraindications of Skin Rolling
There aren’t a lot of contraindications. I would recommend seeking out medical advice before carrying out these techniques yourself. It’s important you are shown all the techniques and exactly how to roll your skin. This way you will not have any bad habits going forward and will be performing the strokes correctly.
The following is advice to ensure you are being as safe as possible:
- Avoid carrying on if you feel any prolonged pain or discomfort.
- Never work on areas of skin with open sores, cuts or wounds.
- Seek professional advice if you have any allergies of skin conditions.
Myofascial Release Training Manual Kindle or Paperback Book
If you’re interested in learning more, this book is a comprehensive training manual with hands-on training guidance. This book is a must have if you are serious about performing myofasical release treatment.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.