It seems that Foam rollers are the accessory for gym devotees these days. You may have even heard roller-lovers throwing around terms like "myofascial release" and "trigger points," which sounds awfully fancy. Despite the technical vocabulary, the concepts are easy to grasp.
Think of a Foam Roller as a self-massaging tool. Putting one to use targets areas of tightness, pain, and misalignment in muscles and in the connective tissue surrounding the muscles, called fascia. Foam rolling can help with loosening tight muscles and working on specific areas called trigger points, but only if you know how to use them. It's easy to overdo it or even hurt yourself if you are a beginner, so make sure you ask a trainer, physical therapist, or massage therapist for a tutorial. Once you are ready to begin, we'll help you pick the roller that's right for you, based on your needs and experience.