VooDoo Floss: the magic behind the name.
Voodoo floss is a compressive bandage made out of rubber that can be used to resolve fascial restrictions in the extremities. It can also be used over joints to assist in increasing range of motion through stressing the joint capsule. The creator of this device is Dr. Kelly Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, Ready to Run, and, Deskbound. Dr. Starrett gave Voodoo floss its name because the results that people get by using it could only be described as “voodoo magic”.
Although the mechanism for the change in the tissue has not been scientifically proven, it is believed that the strong elastic compression quickly alters the fascia’s relation to all other aspects of the neuromusculoskeletal system when movement is added by redistributing the tension over a larger area, stimulating the mechanoreceptors in the fascia. The result is an increase in cognitive awareness to the area being treated trigger the body to heal itself.
There are 3 primary ways to use voodoo floss:
- Wrap an area and contract the underlying tissue (contract and relax). This causes a mild pull on both the superficial and deep fascial layers. As well as causes ischemia in the tissue, resulting in a flush of blood following the removal of the band.
- Wrap an area and apply additional rotation to the tissue while contracting the underlying tissue. This will cause a more significant change to the superficial and deep fascia..
- Wrap a joint and take it through its full range if motion. Doing this stretches the joint capsule and increases the synovial fluid (nutrient rich lubricant) in the joint.