What is foam rolling?
Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique that is used by many to help treat and prevent trigger point pain and symptoms. It can be thought of as ironing out the knots that are formed in our muscles from everyday life. Overactive muscles can cause the muscle to get “stuck” while contracted creating trigger points. These trigger points contribute to the shortening of muscles causing muscular tension imbalances, which then may cause joint pain.
An example of this muscular imbalance can be seen at the knee, as trigger points often shorten the inner region of the knee.
What are the benefits?
The main types of foam rollers/densities: