Massage and Foam Rolling

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Implements such as foam rollers allow the user to manipulate the soft tissue by applying the sustained pressure needed to help release fascial adhesions. Individuals are able to use their own body weight in varying positions to isolate soft tissue areas and apply pressure to those areas in a manner similar to massage therapy. This pressure helps soften and lengthen the fascia. The generation of friction between the fascia and the implement (foam roller) warms the fascia, helping it take on a fluid form (known as the thixotropic property of fascia); breaks down scar tissue and adhesions between the skin, muscle, and bone; and restores soft tissue extensibility