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I am interested in the science behind foam rolling (If there is any). I would like to know if there is any evidence backed studies showing that it is effective, or is it still considered pseudo science?

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    Effective at what? You can try for yourself to show that self-massage can improve movement quality and work out some kinds of soreness. What's the claim to prove or disprove? – Dave Liepmann Aug 30 '20 at 16:17
  • That foam rolling has any positive benefits,be it before or after workout or without workout at all? – Kashmiri Aug 31 '20 at 14:49
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6465761/

This is comprehensive study done on foam rolling. It basically shows that it has some increase in flexibility and a decrease in soreness, without jeopardizing muscle performance. It shows this is especially true in the short term but it's hard to determine for the long term.

On a personal note, I use it pretty much only when I have a particularly sore area, as I do feel it release some tension. I can't say for sure if it helps because I use it in combination with other things like stretching, massage etc.

I think more research needs to be done possibly, but it seems to be slightly helpful in the short term. Possibly in the long term too if you include injury avoidance

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  • Not science, but I can definitely back the 'tension relief' in the second paragraph. I use it exclusively after running, and it does miracles on every single leg muscle. – Fr. Nov 12 '20 at 21:01

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