You may have heard of foam-rolling before as a technique for loosening your muscles or getting rid of sore spots. But how does it work, and why is it actually important? Without a proper understanding of how to foam-roll and why it is relevant to your health, it may be hard to have the motivation to do it regularly. Foam-rolling can feel tedious, boring, or even painful if not done properly, so it is important to understand the “why” and “how” behind this form of self-maintenance and rehabilitation.
Foam-rolling is a form of Self-Myofascial Release (SMR). SMR is a self-applied soft tissue technique that has become widely popularized in the fitness and athletic training industry. It can be done with different tools of varying sizes, shapes, and densities, and is fairly easy to do because it requires minimal equipment and space, and can be done without the assistance of another person.