Myofascial Release Yoga for Your Elbows

by Melissa West on March 6, 2019

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Yoga for Your Elbows


If you have pain in your elbows, shoulders hands and wrist joints, frozen shoulder, spend hours a day on keyboards and smartphones, spend a lot of time driving, arthritis in your neck or elbows, poor circulation, weak immune system, heart problems or high blood pressure, this rather simple myofascial yoga series for your elbow joints is a quick and simple routine that can provide you with welcome results.

Inspired by the pawanmuktasana series, these yoga exercises and myofascial releases using the soft squash ball restore the range of motion in your elbow, but also in the neighbouring joints of your shoulders, wrists and hands.

These yoga exercises for your elbows relieve the tension from prolonged keyboarding, typing, gaming, hobbies like knitting, crocheting and cooking. Because we spend a lot of time overusing our thumbs on smartphones and the repetitive movements of our fingers, hands and wrists on keyboards for hours a day we have a lot of tension in our hands and wrists that move right up to our elbows. This series reduces the pain and restores the natural range of motion in your hands and wrists from your elbow joint.

These simple movements for your elbow relieve rheumatoid arthritis and slow down its progression. In fact the exercises for your elbow are also beneficial for neck arthritis as well.

The series helps to improve the circulation of blood and lymph in the body. As a result there is an improved immune function. In addition this series is excellent for people with heart problems and high blood pressure.

This short video offers myofascial release yoga with a soft squash ball. Myo means muscle and fascia refers to the network of connective tissue that surrounds and includes your muscle.

The fascial tissues get misaligned due to trauma, injury, poor movement patterns and emotional stress. Fascia is a system of proprioception. Fascia is rich in nerve endings, so it creates a direct pathway for nerve signals to flow to and from the brain which aids in proprioception, coordination and our ability to control our movements.

In this video we will use a soft squash ball to isolate the fascia of your hands allowing you to create a neurophysiological response that will enable more range of motion in your elbows as well as greater ease of movement and less pain. The soft squash ball is a myofascial release tool that approximates the pressure that you could expect from a massage therapist’s thumb.

Using the soft squash ball on your hand creates a neuro-physiological response. The myofascial release influences your nervous system which actually governs the baseline tone of your muscle. Because your fascial system is rich in nerve endings, the gentle pressure on fascia communicates that there is no longer need for tension in that area.

In the case of this class, the myofascial release using the soft squash ball creates a neurological response that allows you to have greater range of motion in your elbows, experience greater ease during movement and less pain.

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