- Rolling can reduce pain and improve ROM without decreases in strength.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Research shows that “rolling” with foam, massage balls or other instruments can reduce pain and improve flexibility, without decreasing strength (1, 2). The purpose of this narrative review was to examine the mechanisms for these effects, and whether they involve any process that can be called “myofascial release.”
the term ‘self-myofascial release’ is a misnomer and misleading as applied to rolling
Myofascial Tone and Soft Tissue Restrictions
Excess stiffness of fascia or restrictions in fascial mobility have been reported to occur in response to insufficient or excess loading, injury, inflammation, or disease. The proposed mechanisms for these restrictions include contraction of myofibroblast cells, adhesions, changes in fascial