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Foam Roll for Relief

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Have you ever heard of a foam roll? For your back? If not, you’re about to hear about them. And if you already have, settle in and get ready to learn more!

A foam roll is exactly what it sounds like: a cylindrical piece of hard foam that can be rolled on the skin.

They are used as a form of myofascial release. And for those of us who aren’t medical professionals, myofascial tissue is the connective tissue located around the muscles, which is often the source of painful knots. 

In some cases, this tissue can require massage or physical therapy, which is where the foam roll comes into play.

Basically, the roll acts as a masseuse.

When using a foam roll, you’re able to place yourself on the roller and apply gentle sustained pressure on the myofascial tissue. This can eliminate pain and restore motion.

In addition to the massage-like benefits, using a roll can increase strength and flexibility as well as prevent tears and injuries.

As you might expect, form is very important when using a foam roll. Before beginning any new program, even one as potentially beneficial as this, check with your doctor or chiropractor. They can teach you techniques that will be most appropriate for your needs.

For more information on foam rolls, check out this article from the Today Show.

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