Posted on June 08 2015
(SMR), also known as foam rolling, can be a godsend for relaxing overactive muscles and reducing tight knots within muscles, also known as trigger points. SMR hones in on the body’s fascia (tissue that surrounds and separates our muscles) and neural system to provide much needed relief. By applying gentle pressure to a trigger point, or “knot”, muscle fibers slowly begin to relax and straighten out, releasing all the accumulated stress. In other words, you are breaking up knots within muscles and releasing unwanted tension.
Think, “The poor man’s massage.”
SMR is often recommended before stretching since breaking up knots may help the body lengthen more during activities, thus potentially improving flexibility. However, you can use it before or after exercise for maximum benefit.
Try It Out
- Using a foam roller, find a tender spot by rolling a body part on it, such as your leg. As you roll, you will feel an area that is sorer than the rest.
- Stop there and slowly start applying pressure on it. You should breathe deeply and try to focus on the spot for about 20-30 seconds.
- Afterwards, continue rolling until you find the next tender spot and repeat.