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What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial Release Therapy is a set of techniques that aim to lengthen fascia, make it more flexible and improve its hydration. Myofascial release therapy is a safe and very effective technique that exerts pressure over a period of time to elongate the fibers that make up the fascia in your muscles. The Mobilization Magic™ self-myofascial release tool is the best way to get relief from the comfort of your own home.


Fascia is the tuff silver membrane that surrounds all our muscles and organs, it transmits all the forces that your body experiences and reduces friction between individual muscles during movement. Fascia can withstand 2 tons of pressure per square inch which is not far off the strength of steel. Each Muscle also has a fascial / cartilaginous skeleton running down the core of the muscle to which all the contractile muscle fibers attach to. Shortening and increased stiffness of the fascia causes restricted range of movement, increased pain and restricted blood flow within the muscle. This shortening also inhibits the contractile elements of the muscle functioning properly causing loss of muscle strength and reaction time. Shin splints is a classic example of fascia restricting blood flow, in runners shin splints can force them to stop running due to pain.

Causes of Myofascial Pain

Myofascia has ten times more pain and movement sensors in it compared to muscle tissue, so when it is dysfunctional it causes profound disability and pain. Muscle Trigger Points are a very localised form of myofascial dysfunction.

Pain occurs due to pain sensors in the fascia and muscles having stress placed upon them, this stress comes from the tightness and stiffness of the fascia and the accumulation of metabolic waste products due to restricted blood flow.

Self Myofascial Release

Self-help is a fast-growing segment of the health industry. People are looking for ways to fix their own problems rather than relying on health professionals to do it for them. The reasons for this are many but the main ones are that people want to take control of their lives and the issues that they face. Reducing the cost of rehabilitating yourself is also a strong motivator. If you’re looking for effective muscle recovery without having to visit a professional, the Mobilization Magic™ self-myofascial release tool is just what you need.

Myofascial Release Tools

There is a plethora of Myofascial Release Tools on the market that offer varying degrees of effective relief of myofascial pain.

Most of them have a large diameter (150mm) like Foam Rollers and Trigger balls which is not able to concentrate the pressure required to stretch tight tuff fascia.

The Mobilization Magic Tool has a diameter of 25 mm which is the same diameter as a Therapists elbow. Unlike a Therapist, you can lay on the tool for longer and longer periods of time up the 30 mins so you can stretch the myofascial tissues in a meaningful and long-term sustained way.

Sideways Stretching ™

One of the important benefits of the MMT (unlike foam rollers, for example) is that it can be used to stretch muscles sideways, instead of lengthways (the conventional way). Sideways stretching is very effective in releasing adhesions and the fascial sheath continuum which surrounds all muscles and ‘sticks’ them to each other. Sideways stretching is particularly effective for muscles such as the Quads, Calf, Groin and Hamstrings.

See our video above for a demonstration of how easy it is to use the tool to achieve this ‘sideways’ stretch with the MMT.

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Shin Splints Video capture

See more on sideways stretching here

How Myofascial Release works

The Mobilization Magic tool effectively breaks down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The introduction of sustained pressure to affected soft tissue causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. The microtrauma that pressure causes starts a reabsorption process of fibrotic tissue or excessive scar tissue and promotes a chain of healing activities resulting in normalising the affected soft tissue. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur

  • Muscle Stretching.
  • Dry Needling.
  • Posture training
  • Massage.
  • Heat.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Vibration
  • PNF Movement Patterns

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Best Trigger Point Massage Tools

Trigger point massage tools help resolve problems with muscles that account for a very large proportion of the chronic myofascial pain people suffer all over the world. Muscles develop what people call knots, or myofascial trigger points, which can cause myofascial pain syndrome and dysfunction, which are small, local concentrations of electrical activity that can be detected by scientific instruments.

Myofascial Trigger Points TP display a typical pattern of localised tenderness and a tense band of shortened and weak fibres. Myofascial Trigger Points TP start with a muscle strain and becomes a site of sensitized nerves, increased metabolism and reduced blood flow. If left untreated it will become an area of scar tissue that does not stretch anymore and if there are enough of these trigger points, then the muscle will not function properly and cause ongoing problems. This often leads to myofascial pain in nearby joints and referred pain to other areas of the body. You feel the pain in one area, but the problem is in another area and so if you apply pain cream, heat, cold or massage to the area of myofascial pain it does not fix the pain because the problem is elsewhere. see the images to the right that show the referred pain areas.


Trigger Point Therapy reduces myofascial pain at the location of the trigger point but also the referred pain away from the trigger point, increases movement, and allows the muscles to lengthen and become stronger. To treat Myofascial Trigger Points, enough pressure needs to be applied to the muscle to reach the TP which are often deep in the muscle and deactivate the electrical activity and unblock the blood flow again. Unfortunately foam rollers cannot produce the concentrated force required to treat and break up Trigger Points because of their large radii. That’s why the Mobilization Magic™ trigger point massage tool works so well with Myofascial Trigger Points.

Trigger Point Massage Tools

Pressure and Time make Diamonds and Happy Muscles

The reason this Trigger Point Massage Tool works so well is that it works on a material science concept called creep. Creep describes where a material has a concentrated force applied to it over time and that material yields to that force, an example of creep is when the gas spring of an office chair pushed through the   5 star base and drags on the floor. The gas spring crept through the base, just like the MMT tool creeps through your problem muscle like nothing else can and allows it to heal itself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creep_(deformation)#Examples

In 1983, Janet Travell & David Simons, published a book on Myofascial Trigger Point treatment that revolutionised the treatment of myofascial pain and forms the basis of how they found that Trigger Points occur at the point where a nerve enters a muscle. Trigger Points result in muscles which have been stressed by accidents, sports, occupational stress, and overuse. Once a Trigger Point develops, it can remain for life unless properly treated. The Myofascial Trigger Point restricts range of motion of the muscles and decreases blood flow, reducing nutrients and oxygen to the muscle. This in turn causes a build-up of  waste products including lactic acid, these chemicals stimulate pain nerve endings making them more sensitive, creating a vicious cycle that damages the nerve and muscle tissue and increases your pain and makes the muscle shorter and tighter.

These effects are not confined to the local muscle as tight contracted muscles can compress nerves and blood vessels causing sensations like throbbing, burning, numbness, pins & needles, coldness and swelling of upper and lower limbs.

Pressure applied to the Myofascial Trigger Point is called Ischemic Compression, Acupressure, Shiatzu and the Magic Elbow by some Chinese masseuses. Normal muscles do not contain Trigger Points, nor do they have taut bands of muscle fibers, are not tender to firm pressure, exhibit no local twitch responses and do not refer pain to other areas in response to firm pressure. Women are statistically more vulnerable to Trigger Points than men. There are two different types of stimuli that activate Trigger Points. Firstly there are direct stimuli like acute overload (unusual exercise), overwork fatigue (Shoulder/Neck and Lower Back muscles)  chilling or gross trauma. Secondly there is indirect stimuli like other Trigger Points, visceral disease, arthritic joints and emotional stress.

The reason the Myofascial Trigger Point and the pain that is felt are often in different areas is not completely understood, it does have to do with the fact that nerves in muscles are part of a nerve distribution area like a tree which is serviced by a spinal segment in your spinal cord. The spinal cord segment is like a little computer and interprets the signal from Trigger Points before it sends it to the brain and in that process your brain interprets the pain being in a different location within the nerve distribution.

Using the Trigger Point Massage Tool

When using the trigger point therapy tool on a new spot only use it for a minute or so to see if it increases your myofascial pain for longer than a few minutes and reduce the pressure exerted by the roller or trigger point therapy tool by placing pillows or towels on top of or either side of these tools. If there is no sustained increase in pain after a few hours slowly increase the amount of time by a few minutes each time you use the tool. If you feel this spot is the centre of where you feel tightness and pain, you can spend 30 minutes or more on that spot until the tool melts deeply into the muscle and releases the trigger point and muscle fascia. Hot packs or even better hot baths greatly improve the effectiveness of these techniques as warm/ hot muscle stretch and give way more easily.

The beauty of this trigger point therapy tool is within your tolerance you can eventually lay on this tool for 30 minutes or more which penetrates deeply into the muscles in a gentle way. You will feel it slowly sink into the muscle over time as the tissues yield to the pressure. No other approach I know of enables you to put the right amount of pressure on these trigger points and very tight muscles for extended periods of time which is what they need to reverse the problems of many years.

You will get accustomed to this pressure quickly and so the way to progress this procedure is to use the trigger point massage tool in its tall option, which increases the pressure the tool exerts. Again, start this new use with only a few minutes to start with to ensure there is no increase in myofascial pain.

Always stretch the muscle before and after using the tool, notice if there is any increase in range of movement after using the trigger point massage tool ?

Trigger Point Therapy Roller Exercises

Foam Rollers are used all over the world to treat Trigger Points TPs and tight fascia, unfortunately foam rollers cannot produce the concentrated force required to treat and break up TPs because of their large diameter. Foam Rollers have a 150 mm diameter which produces a diffuse pressure that can increase pain by stirring up the nerves in the area and increase muscle spasms. Therapists use their elbow or thumb to treat TP’s and apply enough force to increase the pain initially but as the pressure is continued to be applied the pain melts away and the dysfunctional biology returns to normal.

Pain and tightness in muscles and connective tissue at the front, back and side of joints can cause pain and reduced range of movement of the joint.

Conventional stretching of these muscles has some effect on the pain and restricted range of the joint, but this can only help to a limited extent because stretching tends to stretch the parts of the muscle that are not constrained and stuck down by adhesions that develop around a tight painful muscle.

Getting Started with Trigger Point Therapy

Step 1

It is recommended that you take a hot bath or apply a hot pack to the affected area before you begin using the tool. Warm muscles stretch and give way more easily and this will greatly improve the tool’s effectiveness.

Step 2

Lay the muscle or joint onto the tool. Rate the pain you feel while using the tool from 1 to 10 (with 1 being the least pain and 10 being the greatest). Your pain when resting on the tool should not be more than 4-5.

Step 3

If your pain is greater than 5, place a towel or a cushion over the tool, or on either side of it, to reduce the amount of pressure, which should reduce the pain to a level of 5 or below.

Step 4

When you feel the position of the tool is in the correct central point where you feel tightness and pain, you can start off laying on the tool for a few minutes to make sure the tool does not increase your pain. If after a few hours rest everything is ok you can start increasing the time on the tool. Once you are comfortable with the tool you can spend 30 minutes or more resting on that same spot (watching TV or reading) until the tool melts deeply into the muscle or joint and releases that trigger point and muscle fascia

Step 5

The pain should begin to decrease within the first couple of minutes and continue to reduce as time goes on. If you notice no improvement within about five minutes, the muscle or joint may be too inflamed and may require the application of an ice pack. Try again later.

This Is the No 1 IASTM Tool used at Home

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization IASTM tools are instruments used by therapists for fascia soft-tissue mobilization.

blankThis Mobilization Magic IASTM tool is Australia-made and Designed by an Award Winning Physical Therapist.

These tools are usually operated by a professional therapist because it is not possible to use IASTM tools that are normally associated with IASTM treatment on yourself easily. The Mobilization Magic soft tissue mobilization tool allows you to mobilize yourself in the comfort of your home.

How to use these Mobilization IASTM tools?

All you have to do is lay on the MMT tool for successively longer periods of time up to 30 mins so gravity, your body weight and time releases trigger points, the fascia and connective tissue (CT) in the skin and the underlying muscle as seen in the image right. By stretching the fascia you will increase your range of motion and be able to do things you have not been able to do for years.

Muscles have a cartilaginous/fascia skeleton that runs down the core of it, seen in the diagram below. It is difficult to stretch this skeleton by other approaches but using this MMT tool especially in sideways stretches works very well in bending the fibres in a direction that breaks up stiffness and adhesions.

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How this IASTM Therapy Tool works

This soft tissue mobilization tool effectively breaks down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The introduction of sustained pressure to affected soft tissue causes the stimulation of local inflammatory response. The microtrauma that pressure causes starts a reabsorption process of fibrotic tissue or excessive scar tissue and promotes a chain of healing activities resulting in normalizing the affected soft tissue. Adhesions within the soft tissue which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, repeated strain or other mechanisms, are broken down allowing full functional restoration to occur.

Our IASTM Therapy Tools stimulate:

  • A flexible and well-maintained, healthy fascial network.
  • Improved (soft) tissue perfusion.
  • Improved range of motion.
  • Mobilization of the soft tissue fascia.
  • Loosening of adhesions in the connective tissue.
  • Treatment of trigger points.

The most common conditions Mobilization Magic IASTM Tools are used for:

  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neck Pain & Headaches
  • Heel Pain /Achilles Tendinitis
  • Patella tendonitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Surgical or Traumatic scars
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Non-Acute Bursitis
  •  RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
  • Muscle Strains and tightness
  • Shin Splints
  • Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q Is IASTM Therapy safe?

A Yes, IASTM Therapy has been used world wide for over 100 years with no reported adverse reactions to it. There are some reasons (Contra-indications) to not use it which can be found here.

Q What is Fascia?

A Fascia is the glue that holds our bodies together. All the forces that our bodies experience are transmitted by the fascia, without fascia we are just a pile on bones. See Fascia Facts

Biceps Pain responds well to the Mobilization Magic tool. Start by using the tool for only a few minutes and not in the sorest area first, so you can gauge how the muscle or joint will react to the tool.

Release your hands with this IASTM tool

Access to a hand massage tool helps you keep your cramps under control without the assistance of anyone else. Physiotherapist Peter Gregory designed our magic massager, and a wide range of clients, including physios, CrossFit gyms, and universities, have tested it. Get your hand massage tool today and start taking care of your muscles independently.


When You Can Use Our Massage Tool for Your Hand

Understanding when to use our massage tool is the best place to start before committing to a purchase. Our Mobilization Magic Tool™ is suitable for use in multiple scenarios related to your hands, including the following:

    • Your hands feel unusually stiff. Our tool can help you work out some of the stiffness. Whether a result of training or a different underlying issue, the Mobilization Magic Tool™ could alleviate some discomfort with a few quick sessions.
    • You experience some form of numbness or tingling in your hands. While these symptoms can originate from various issues, using our massage tool before seeking alternative treatments will support multiple therapies.
    • Rehabilitation training after hand surgery. Adding our massage tool to your hand rehabilitation routine post-surgery could increase your recovery speed. With that said, you must always consult your doctor regarding postoperative protocol.

With the assistance of our Mobilization Magic Tool™, you can experience an at-home massage session with minimal effort to assist you in the alleviation of aches, pains, and stiff muscles. Whether you need it to relax your muscles after a strenuous workout or as a daily tool to assist in the rehabilitation of strained or injured muscles, our massage tool is always a good option.

Best IASTM Tool for Tricep Pain

Currently struggling with unwavering pain from triceps trigger points? There is a pioneering tool for triceps pain known as Mobilization Magic™ that’s here to help. The MMT is a self-help device innovatively designed for disabling muscle tightness and tension with massages and stretches.


Tricep Pain Treatment

The fascia in the triceps is quite strong, but MMT provides an effective solution. Remember, this stretching takes more than 5 simple minutes to get the results you want. Experience has shown that you can achieve excellent results if you spend at least 15–30 minutes on the tool multiple times during the week with triceps stretching exercises. Be sure to rock backward and forward until you feel the tool on the side of the muscle. This will push the muscle in a unique way—one not possible with any other approaches.

Using this stretching tool for tricep pain relief while watching TV, reading, or working on your laptop makes the time pass quickly. Remember that a warm muscle stretches much quicker than a cold one. Using a hot pack or having a hot bath helps a lot to alleviate any tricep muscle pain.

How to fix your Triceps Pain

As always with the tool, start by using the tool for only a few minutes and not in the sorest area first. This crucial step is so you can gauge how the muscle or joint will react to the tool. Once you are comfortable using the tool, you can increase the time spent on the tool in 5-minute increments up to 30 minutes. Keep the tool in one spot until the pain, discomfort, or tightness has markedly reduced or disappeared. You can stretch the muscle sideways—an extraordinary feature of the MMT—by rolling your arm left or right until the side of the muscle is on the tool. This helps to stretch the fascial skeleton of the muscle.

Next, lie face up either on the floor or on a bed or a table.

Put the short option tool under the triceps starting at the top and working your way down the muscle, pausing on sore spots.

Keep your arm stationary and floss the muscle by bending and straightening the elbow.

Top IASTM Tool for Crossfit

Searching for top-notch massage products for CrossFit? The Mobilization Magic Tool MMT is proving to be the Crossfit Massage Tool of choice. Our MMT is a self-myofascial release tool that produces strong concentrated pressure required to stretch the very tuff strong myofascial fibers. Crossfit is such a brutal sport that takes a heavy toll on a cross-fitters body.

Most Mobility tools have a large diameter—like 150mm—for foam rollers and trigger balls. This size diameter produces a diffuse pressure profile which struggles to stretch tight fascia effectively.

The beauty of the Crossfit Massage Tool MMT is its two heights for different parts of the body, with a 25mm diameter, which creates the concentrated force required to stretch seriously tight muscles and fascia.

Tight hips are a significant inhibitor of overall mobility and Crossfit competence. If your hip is tight, getting the body part loose again is no easy feat. Luckily, the Crossfit Massage Tool MMT can direct the whole of your body weight into its 25 mm surface. This action melts its way through the many tight layers surrounding the hip.

Tight calves are another area that cross-fitters work on a lot, as those muscles get worked a lot. As one of the leading massage products for CrossFit, the Mobilization Magic tool magically melts through to the very tight layers of the calf. When you first get the 20-minute mark on your calf, you will feel an increase in pain. This is because the tool has worked its way through the superficial Gastroc muscle of the calf—and is pressing on the deeper pressure-sensitive Soleus. Just take your calf off the tool until the pain subsides. Then, place your calf right back on the tool so the Crossfit Massage Tool can continue to melt through the tight layers.

Crossfit Mobility

Crossfit Mobility requires that muscles be at the functionally optimum length and that joints Range Of Movement (ROM) be as loose as needed to perform the daily workout of the day (WOD)

Cross-fitters use a Crossfit Massage Tool like the Mobilization Magic Tool to get them back in the box performing as hard as they possibly can.

Some of the benefits of using Crossfit Mobility Tools like the mobilization Magic Tool are:

  • Better Performance
  • Pain Relief
  • Speed-up recovery and DOMS decrease
  • Increases blood flow
  • Cleared-up lactic acid
  • Broken-up scar tissue
  • Released Knots/ Trigger Points
  • Increased Range of Movement

Myofascial release your shoulder muscles

Do you often feel discomfort in your shoulders, characterised by concentrated pain points? We offer a shoulder massage tool that you can use at home to self-manage aching muscles so that you don’t have to learn how to live with unease in your body.

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Loosen up Tight Muscles With Our Massage Tool for Shoulder Stiffness

The shoulders are a complex joint surrounded by an intricate network of muscles that easily knot under tension. This is how you can help restore the ease with which you move your upper body with our massage tool for shoulder pain:

  • The first step is to move your arm in different directions to find out where exactly the pain is. Once you’ve discovered the sore spot, and depending on where this is, either lay on your front, side or back and place the massage tool under the problem area.
  • Do this for as long as your shoulder can stand the pressure.
  • With each new session, you’ll find that you can increase the duration you use the tool, which is most effective if used for at least 10-20 minutes.

Restore Flexibility With Our Shoulder Massage Tool

The massage tool takes away stiffness by improving blood circulation in the area to provide relief from tight muscles and painful joints. Here are some of the added benefits you can expect when using this therapeutic device.

  • Not finding the time to take care of your aches and pains is no longer an issue since you can use this convenient massage tool while watching TV or reading.
  • Besides improving the range of movement in your shoulders, regular use of the massage tool will also strengthen muscles.
  • You can also use the massage tools to loosen pectoral muscles by placing them underneath your pecs while dangling your arms over a table or bench.

Discover this corrective tool that simultaneously enhances muscle function.

Elbow Pain can be fixed with this IASTM Tool

Elbow pain not associated with the joint itself is usually caused by four groups of muscles, the Biceps, Triceps, Finger Extensors, and Finger Flexors. Each group of muscles has a different way of loosening the tight fascia that causes the pain.


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Treat Tennis Elbow (Lying Down)

Tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the forearm, which is associated with the muscles that straighten your fingers. You use this tool for elbow pain treatment by laying on your side like the photo below resting the outside muscles on the short option of the tool, and using the other hand to stretch the muscles sideways by rolling them against the tool from the elbow down their length. Put the tool on the outside of the muscle and rotate the forearm to push the muscles sideways. As always, hold the stretch until the tight fascia releases sufficiently to give you relief.


Relieve Golfer’s Elbow (Sitting on a chair)

Golfer’s elbow is tendonitis pain on the inside of your elbow. For this type of discomfort, Mobilization Magic™ proves to be an effective tool for elbow pain treatment. Sit at a table with your muscle on the tool and use your other hand to side stretch those muscles from the elbow down their length. Put the tool on the outside of the muscle and rotate the forearm to push the muscles sideways.

For a detailed explanation of the other two muscle groups, feel free to look at our other resource pages: Biceps or Triceps.


Remain aware that there are nerves in this area. Perform these stretches in short periods to start with to make sure you are not putting pressure on those nerves. If you feel pins and needles, numbness, move the tool to another spot. When using this tool for elbow pain treatment, move the wrist into flexion and extension to floss the muscle.

As always with the tool, start by using the tool for only a few minutes and not in the sorest area first, so you can gauge how the muscle or joint will react to the tool. Once you are comfortable using the tool, you can increase the time spent on the tool in 5-minute increments up to 30 minutes. Keep the tool in one spot until the pain or discomfort/tightness has gone or markedly reduced. You can stretch the muscle sideways—a unique feature of the MMT—by rolling your arm left or right until the side of the muscle is on the tool. This helps stretch the fascial skeleton of the muscle.

Whether you suffer from golfer’s (pain inside the elbow) or tennis elbow (pain on the outside,) our elbow massage tool has been designed to use gravity and body weight to relieve muscle and joint pain.

Is Massage Good for Elbow Pain?

The elbow pain you experience is associated with the joint or the surrounding muscles. An alternative to taking painkillers or having to visit a physiotherapist is massage. This method empowers you to provide self-relief because of the following.

  • The pressure applied to the painful area when using the massage tool releases muscle tension.
  • When in use, the tool also increases blood circulation to the area, which delivers oxygen to the muscles and aids the healing process.
  • In addition to reducing soreness in the area, regular use of the massage tool also increases flexibility.

How Do You Massage a Sore Elbow?

Depending on whether you’re experiencing golfer’s or tennis elbow, you need to apply the concentrated force of the massage tool in the following ways:

  • For relief from tennis elbow, lie on your side on the floor. Put the outside muscle of the upper forearm on the elbow massage tool and rotate the forearm to push the muscles sideways with your other hand.
  • For golfer’s elbow, sit at a table and place your arms in the same position as described above while applying outward pressure to the muscle from the inside to the outside of the forearm.

Physiotherapist Peter Gregory designed the massage tool, so you can rest assured of improved mobility and muscle strength.