Self Myofascial Release, SMR, is a modality that flattens out the knots in your muscles that become inflamed and the result is sore and tight muscles. These muscles become so tight that they can affect hip, shoulder and foot movement. When these knots affect the foot, it’s known as Plantar Fasciitis. SMR is like a deep tissue massage that flattens out these knots so you can have more mobility and flexibility. There are different things you can use on your muscles. A ball, rolling stick, or foam roller.
This is a Foam Roller as well as other things you can use to release the knots. Find the painful spot, lean into it and hold for 30 seconds until the pain is mostly gone. Then stretch and do this everyday or it will come back. Be consistent. 🙂
If you have sore IT (iliotibial band) Bands like I do then you will get relief from this roller. It will be painful as you roll on it but the benefit is that you will have improved circulation, mobility and flexibility. Here are other benefits:
- Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, and even tendons and ligaments where you can access them with a foam roller.
- Through improved blood circulation, more efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level, leading to better overall cellular function and inter-cellular communication.
- Lengthening of short (tight) muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Some muscles (like hip flexors) and ligaments (iliotibial band) are prone to shortening, and are difficult to effectively stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. But with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury.