Plantar fascial release and lumbar/ hamstring flexibility

Self myofascial release of the plantar surface and its effects on lumbar and hamstring flexibility

Self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques have become highly popularized within the fitness and rehabilitation communities as a holistic means to both prevent and treat pathology.

Literature has continued to provide insight into the connectivity and continuity of fascial systems that course through the body and affect often distant and unrelated body parts. A schematic understanding of this complex system has been presented as “Anatomy trains” and suggests that dysfunction or tension at a point along a pathway can have detrimental effects elsewhere in the body.

Considering these things, the authors of the current study set out to quantify for the first time a change in hamstring and lumbar spine flexibility following a single bout of SMR to the plantar fascia. Following intervention there was shown to be a significant increase in the flexibility of the hamstring and lumbar spine.


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