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Foam rolling, flexibility and fascia: Myths and misconceptions

Foam rolling, Flexibility and Fascia:    Myths and Misconceptions

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This is a pdf copy of my presentation at the Perspectives in Exercise, Health, and Fitness Conference 2018 (Kananaskis, AB).

The myths and misconceptions around foam rolling as a tool to "treat" or manage chronic dysfunction and symptoms are discussed.

The presentation summarizes current relevant literature related to fascia anatomy/physiology and function related to self-myofascial e.g., foam-rolling, treatment techniques.

 

Typical questions and answers based on research:

Does foam rolling break down scar tissue and adhesions? Not really; depends on how you define/explain scar tissue and "adhesions"
Does foam rolling increase ROM/Flexibility/mobility, and decrease tightness? Temporarily
Does foam rolling improve blood flow and recovery? Yespossibly via lymphatics
Does foam rolling improve performance? Depends how you define "performance".

 

Main messages - What can self-myofascial release (foam rolling) do?

Short-term Increase ROM, flexibility – does not last (Kalichman & Ben David, 2017; Cheatham, Kolber, Cain, & Lee, 2015; Beardsley & Škarabot, 2015)

Decrease pain (Cheatham, Kolber, Cain, & Lee, 2015; Laimi et al., 2018)
Decreases Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, DOMS (Cheatham, Kolber, Cain, & Lee, 2015; Beardsley & Škarabot, 2015)
No effect on strength, performance (Kalichman & Ben David, 2017; Cheatham, Kolber, Cain, & Lee, 2015; Beardsley & Škarabot, 2015)
 

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