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Roll It Out: Myofascial Release

The FIRM’s Jennifer Ray shows you how to use a foam roller to ease muscle tension

Are you often sore after working out? Do you have tight muscles? If so, consider adding myofascial release to your fitness routine. Fascia — the soft tissue component of connective tissue — can become restricted due to overuse from exercise and stress, resulting in muscle pain, tension and diminished blood flow. Myofascial release techniques can help alleviate this pain and increase blood flow by massaging the tissue. A foam roller is an almost-magical tool for myofascial release: Using it against your overused muscles will create your very own deep tissue massage — no massage table required!