Foam roller exercises are used by some martial artists to reduce muscle tension, loosen up muscle “knots” and assist range of motion. Foam roller workouts are often utilized throughout the warm-up and/or cool-down stages of an exercise. Foam roller exercises are generally performed before extending. This kind of workout is likewise known as self myofascial release exercises.
A foam roller workout normally involves putting a body part (i.e. quadricep muscle) on the foam roller and slowing rolling the body part across the foam roller. Foam roller exercises are frequently used as a self-administered muscle “massage”.
All stretches and workouts should be monitored by an experienced martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to guarantee the appropriate technique is used. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor prior to beginning any stretching or workout program.