Self Myofascial Release (Foam Rolling)
SMR is useful because it helps maintain healthy fascia and allows you to efficiently transmit your mechanical tension throughout the body. SMR also helps release trigger points within this connective tissue, as well as in the muscle, freeing up the system and reducing the chance of injury. This is also known as rolling.
Fascia (f?sh'?-?), (from latin : a band) is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body. It interpenetrates and surrounds muscles , bones , organs , nerves , blood vessels and other structures. Fascia is an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior. It is responsible for maintaining structural integrity; for providing support and protection; and acts as a shock absorber. Fascia has an essential role in hemodynamic and biochemical processes, and provides the matrix that allows for intercellular communication . Fascia functions as the body's first line of defense against pathogenic agents and infections . After injury, it is the fascia that creates an environment for tissue repair .
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