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Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists to inhibit overactive muscles.

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Softness of a foam roller for spine decompression and posture issues

For most of my life I've had terrible posture. I've had a mostly sedentary lifestyle, my back arches when I sit (slouching), a forward-head posture when I walk. It does not cause me any pains yet (...
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How does foam rolling affect workouts?

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 ...
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Whole Body Mobility Routine

I'm currently trying to assemble a little mobility routine for myself. I got two, a little more detailled, questions: When should I perform mobility exercises: Before the workout, in order to get ...
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Does foam rolling and "smashing and flossing" work?

I am the lucky (?) owner of a copy of the book "Becoming a Supple Leopard" by Kelly Starrett. In this book on page 139 he introduces a concept that he calls sliding surfaces: "To ensure suppleness, ...
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Foam roller and massage ball

I want to buy a foam roller and massage ball for self massage and myofascial release. What are things/features to look out for when buying these? Also, is it worth to invest in a known brand or do the ...
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Is it good to roll your lower back with tennis ball?

As can be seen in the following link it is forbidden to practice with foam roller in the lower back. But is the situation is different with tennis ball?
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Complementary exercises to YOGA for releasing tension?

What exercises and exercise systems are the best complementary exercises to Yoga for releasing tension (immediate effect) I am thinking of non-strenuous exercises like foam rolling. With Yoga I mean ...
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When to Stretch and Foam Roll

Should I stretch or foam roll after the workout or only when I feel soreness in my muscles. Plz help
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Should you massage then stretch or stretch then massage your muscles?

When you're doing both, should you use a roller to massage your muscles first, stretch first, or does it not matter? My routine includes trying to do this twice a day which includes after running, ...
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Grid vs. flat foam rollers

What are the pros and cons of using a grid vs. flat foam roller? Example of a flat foam roller: Example of a grid foam roller:
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