Voodoo flossing is a newer technique for self-myofascial release which addresses pain and decreased function or range of motion due to tight and restricted tissues or scar tissue surrounding joints.
The treatment involves using a very large and long rubber band that is wrapped tightly around a joint or muscle that is restricted. The treatment area is then moved passively and actively in variable positions to help mobilize, or “floss” the joint/muscle/or facia. This is done for no longer than 2 minutes at a time due to the amount of compression that is used to the body. It is believed that this technique allows for greater separation of restricted tissues to break down adhesions and scar tissue through both the compressive forces and the shearing effect applied to the treatment areas. This stimulates a physiological response of increased, and oxygen rich blood flow, promote healing, decrease pain and improve range of motion. Research is ongoing with this new treatment approach, though the results are encouraging.
– Mary H.