Self Myofascial Release – A How To

Self Myofascial Release (SMR) can be a beneficial restorative practice when it comes to keeping you in good working order and potentially injury free from the demands of your training program.   SMR is one tool derived from Active Release Technique (ART) and/or deep tissue massage.   SMR does not necessarily give the same results as seeing a professional deep tissue practitioner, but it is a good substitute when time and finances are a concern.  Here are some basic guidelines and techniques to follow with a foam roller (FR) and a firm ball.

Duration: 1-2 minutes per side

When: After activity or towards the evening (SMR may be done before doing exercises as well)

Frequency: You rarely can overdue it, but once a day is within the norm

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Foam Roller Self Myofascial Release SMR