Self-myofascial release also known as “foam rolling,” has transformed from a technique used only by professional athletes, coaches, and therapists to a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Releasing trigger points helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement, and ultimately, to enhance performance.
How does foam rolling work?
Deep compression of muscles helps to break up or relax tight muscles and adhesions formed between muscle layers and their surroundings. The compression allows normal blood flow to return, and increases the oxygen flow to muscles, which aids in the restoration of healthy tissue.
You can read more about foam rolling on breakingmuscle.com.
Here are 3 short videos with foam rolling exercises you can do at home.