Here’s another video of Conor Collins from Trigger Point Solution with a tip for us regarding soft tissue work.
Now, one of the most common misconceptions with soft tissue work is it must be aggressive, but often it can end up being too aggressive.
Let me explain:
What is Neuromuscular Barrier?
One tip that I want to give you is the neuromuscular barrier. That’s the point where you start to feel tissue push back against you.
If you are a manual therapist and you are working on tissue, you get rebound back into your hand quite aggressively.
Or if you are a personal or strength coach and you are doing a self-myofascial release on yourself and you find that you are contracting back against that myofascial tool (example – foam roller or sports ball) you are moving into the neuromuscular barrier too quickly.
You are not allowing the body to adapt to the touch of the tool or the hand.
As a result, your soft tissue work may be less effective than if you take your time getting into the structure.
The benefit of Using Neuromuscular Barrier
A neuromuscular barrier is a tool that measures the nervous system’s response to your self-myofascial release or your manual therapy.
This does not mean that you can’t be aggressive. It just means that you have to take your time.
If you are moving into tissue and you are getting pushed back, ease up with your pressure, re-evaluate what you are working on, and then gradually move deeper and deeper into the structure.
We talked a lot about this in Trigger Point Solution. If you feel that you want to learn more about trigger points, check out Trigger Point Solution. And if you have any questions you can always email me at Conor(at)conorpcollins.com.
If you are a health and fitness professional and would like to better understand how to assess and what to do about trigger points then I recommend Trigger Point Solution Program. It’s an amazing resource.
Take care and bye, bye.
Rick Kaselj, MS
If you liked the video above, here is another one for you:
What are Latent Trigger Points?