Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is a popular form of self-myofascial release (SMR), a type of therapy that prevents injury and stiffness by concentrating on the connective tissue surrounding muscle [1].

Muscle fibers become knotted with this tissue during exercise, which restricts their movement. Foam rolling and other SMR techniques use pressure to help release these knots and encourage better muscle function [2]. Foam rolling and other SMR methods are relatively simple ways to promote recovery and safe exercise, and they can easily be incorporated into most exercise warm-up routines.

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Don’t kick those feet up just yet. After a tough workout, it’s time to recover right with the help of some expert-approved recovery tools. Your body will thank you!

In this week’s Greatist Deal, we have the highest-quality portable form roller from Trigger Point Performance Therapy — the perfect solution to muscle pain and stiffness.

Try a foam roller for a budget-friendly solution to muscle pain and soreness.

Want to improve flexibility, performance, and reduce injuries? Get to know the foam roller! This infographic covers all the essential moves to rock (n' roll) that next workout.

GUEST POST: Chris Beardsley of Strength and Conditioning Research breaks down the latest studies on strength training and exercise — and explains what it means for you.

The Greatist Team hit up CLAY in NYC for a foam rolling class. That's right, an hour straight of stretching and mobilizing to be our very best. Read on to see what we learned.

Works Cited

  1. Development and Application of a Newly Designed Massage Instrument for Deep Cross-Friction Massage in Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain. Yong-Soon, Y., Ki-Pi, Y., Jae Lee, K, et al. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jesus Hospital, Jeonju 560-750, Korea. Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2012 Feburary; 36(1): 55-65.
  2. An Acute Bout of Self Myofascial Release Increases Range of Motion Without a Subsequent Decrease in Muscle Activation or Force. Macdonald, G., Penney, M., Mullaley, M., et al. School of human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2012 May 10.