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What Are These Knots or Adhesions?

Adhesions or commonly referred to as ‘knots’ are build ups in your muscle fibers or your fascia.

Inside your muscles are a a bunch of muscle fibers. These muscle fibers are basically a group of parallel straws bunched together inside the muscle. During muscle performance the fibers move in a parallel fashion to create proper movement.

Foam Rolling vs. Stretching

Myofascial release has commonly been considering a therapeutic post-exercise recovery tool. More recently it has been used as a warm up tool in the sports and fitness world. Ideally a warm up will increase blood flow to your tissue without effecting your strength, hence putting your body in the optimal position for human performance. New research has shown that myo-fascial release with a foam roller can improve range of motion without having a negative effect on strength. As a warm up tool, the foam roller can cause a vasodilation response in your arterial system. This response will cause an increase in blood flow in the area warming up the muscle.

Why Should You Be Foam Rolling?

Foam rolling is a form of self massage, in medical terms self-myofascial release. It is used to increase flexibility or release restrictions referred to as knots, trigger points or adhesions.