| Article written on May 23rd, 2016 at 10:38am | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram |
The foam roller is a commonly used tool to perform self-myofascial release (SMR). SMR is a form of self-administered soft-tissue therapy that has gained popularity over the years for it’s impact on flexibility, recovery, and pain reduction. Even though the research does show conflicting evidence on the effectiveness of foam rolling with some being positive, the mechanism remains unclear.
In the following video, I provide my thoughts on the mechanism behind foam rolling. My point of view is often different from others which is why I am presenting it here. I’d love to hear your feedback if you feel foam rolling has an impact on the soft-tissue, nervous system, or some other area. Enjoy the video!
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART