Foam rolling is back. (Also good for the glutes, calves and hamstrings.) Sports scientist, marathon runner and Ironman finisher Benjamin Garcia shares six foam rolling exercises you can try at home – or basically anywhere you can get your hands on that cylindrical piece of awesomeness.
Foam rolling works because muscles are surrounded by a soft tissue called myofascia. When the myofascia becomes overused it can tear and adhere together which prevents the muscle from working efficiently. This leads to muscle stiffness, soreness and a reduction in range of motion.
Using a foam roller makes the fascia more flexible and breaks down scar tissue and adhesions. Here are six foam rolling exercises and instructions on how to get started.
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