What is Flossing?

Flossing is a physiotherapeutic treatment methodin which a so-called Flossband respectively 5 cm × 2 m long rubber band is used. The principle is similar to a Blackroll and is primarily used to increase movement and relieve pain in specific areas. The elastic band is during the treatment tied around a part of the body, compressing the tissue for about two minutes. The goal here is to mobilize structures with passive, assistive or active movement and get them moving. While this method can be uncomfortable to painful for many patients, it is especially in the field of sports physiotherapy due to its effectiveness enormously popular.

In addition to relieving pain and improving joint mobility, flossing also serves to increase the performance and strength of the muscles and restores the elasticity of the fascia restores.

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Flossing records in particular thanks to the following three principles of action Successes:

Sponge effect
Due to the strong pressure exerted by the tape, the tissue is tissue is squeezed out like a sponge. As soon as the band is subsequently loosened, the tissue is flooded all the more with fluid, which causes a better nutrient balance and accelerates the Healing process accelerated

Gate control theory (control barrier theory)
Through this theory, the success of flossing treatment is tried to be explained. It is argued that the raft band can mobilize and heal deep-seated, painful structures in the best possible way through pressure, even if the band does not directly touch these points. This happens because the Pain receptors (nociceptors) and pressure-sensitive mechanoreceptors are connected via the same nerve and the brain cannot distinguish between the sensations. The strong pressure of the raft band is the only thing that the brain processes, which is why this pressure has an enormous healing effect.

Kinetic Resolve

With the use of the Flossband it should be possible to inter- and intrafascial crosslinks by contacting differentby bringing different tissue layers into contact. Adhesions between the different layers are thereby dissolvedwhich promotes freedom of movement and makes the joints functional again.

When and how is flossing used?

Flossing can be preventive, rehabilitative and regenerative and is used especially for athletes with acute or long-term injuries. with acute or long-term injuries recommended. Examples are movement restrictions, sprains, strains and overstrain symptoms such as tendonitis.

More precisely, flossing trains the mobility of joints, muscles, skin, fascia and tissues. Pressure exerted on the belt causes the Mechanoreceptors stimulated, the tissue layers are pressed together and the old tissue fluid is squeezed out. This makes the arterial supply is interrupted, This can cause pain to patients, but is normal for this method and not problematic.