Fitness Town Fit-tip: Self-Myofascial Release

During recent years, self-myofascial release with foam rollers has become a popular protocol in most wellness programs.  Foam rollers can be found in most health clubs, chiropractic clinics, athletic training facilities and physical therapy clinics.  You may be asking yourself, “what exactly is self-myofascial release and why has it become popular?”

Let’s first define myofascia. Myofascia refers to muscle (myo) and fascia (connective tissue). Fascia surrounds our muscles and keeps everything in our bodies held together, much like saran wrap holds the contents of a sandwich together. The quality of our myofascia determines the quality of our movement. Myofascia is negatively affected every day just by moving your body; other factors include dehydration, lack of movement, injury and illness. How can we counteract the negative effects of daily life on our bodies?

Self-myofascial release with a foam roller is a convenient, affordable and user-friendly way to care for our own bodies.  Self-myofascial release is a form of self-massage where a tool (typically a foam roller) is used to release knots and adhesions from the fascia of targeted muscles. By releasing knots and adhesions, the body is restored and rejuvenated.

Just like a massage therapist applies pressure with the hands, anyone can use a foam roller to apply massage-like pressure to their own body. Everyone feels better after a massage!  But let’s face it, most of us cannot afford a massage every day or even once a month. With a foam roller, you can feel the benefits of massage anytime, anywhere.

Which foam roller provides the best in self-massage? The GRID revolutionary foam roller is designed to provide a sports-like massage with 3 distrodensities. The GRID roller mimics the hand with a palm-like, finger-like and finger-tip like area.  It also has built-in channels that allow oxygenated blood to flow during the massage. Another great benefit of the GRID roller is the hollow center and sturdy design, which makes it a great exercise tool.


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