What is flossing in physiotherapy?

Flossing is also known as “immobilization of superficial tissues in order to mobilize deep tissues”.

Flossing is a technique of affecting the skin and myofascial structures using special therapeutic silicone tourniquet. The effect of flossing that patient experiences immediately after the procedure:

  • blood circulation improvement,
  • improving the mobility of myofascial structures, tendons and joints,
  • pain syndrome relief,
  • swelling reduction,
  • increased overall flexibility,
  • an increase in range of motion,
  • increase in the elasticity of muscle tissue.

During flossing myofascial structures are being compressed by external pressure and are activated by active or passive exercises. Friction between muscle fibers increases, which helps break down adhesions and reduce venous blood volume. When the tourniquet is removed, blood flows to the place where the floss was applied, which brings nutrients for the regeneration of myofascial tissues. Especially often the method is used in the area of the joints, because tissue mobilization using other tools can be painful for patient. Flossing is used for injuries of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle joints.

The training in the flossing method is a part of the full training in the concept IASTM, along with tools and vacuum cups, where flossing is an integral part of it.