What is a foam roller, How do I use it, and Why does it hurt?

From breakingmuscle.com | By Jeff Kuhland

Excerpt: “Self-myofascial release, also known as foam rolling, is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. By applying pressure to specific points on your body, you are releasing trigger points which aids in the recovery of muscles and helps reestablish proper movement patterns and pain-free movement, returning them to normal function.

Utilizing stretching alone is not always enough to release muscle tightness, which is why foam rollers have thrived on the mass market. The deep compression of self-myofascial release allows normal blood flow to return and the restoration of healthy tissue. The body naturally wants to be healthy and strong, but sometimes an extra boost is needed to achieve optimal muscle and tissue health.”

For more on foam rolling, including identifying trigger points, understanding why it hurts, and how to do it, click here.