Muscle pain Flexibility Self massage
The foam roller can be used to massage muscles helping improve flexibility, increase blood circulation in the muscle and reduce muscle pain. Self myofascial release is the technical term basically meaning self-massage and is important in maintaining good muscle function. Muscles should be quite elastic, but exercise can reduce the elasticity of our muscles leading to reduce range of motion within joints of the body potentially causing joint pain.
By rolling a muscle or body part over the roller to gently squeeze the muscle you can get the benefits of a massage; you can increase the intensity of massage by supporting less of your body weight or pressing harder when you roll.