Self myofascial release tools, such as foam rollers, trigger point balls, and massage sticks have become some of the most popular tools used for corrective exercises, fitness, and sports performance. In fact, performing self myofascial release has become almost a uniform component in the majority of fitness and sports performance programs.
You can certainly argue the exact physiological benefit of performing self myofascial release. Ironically we are likely not really “releasing” fascia.
However, it’s hard to argue the benefits of self myofascial release.
Two recent studies in International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy have been published that analyzed the current state of research and conclude that self myofascial release:
-Increases mobility and joint range of motion
-Reduces post-workout soreness and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
-Allows for greater workout performance in future workouts
-May lead to improved vascular function and parasympathetic nervous system function
“Simply put, self myofascial release has been proven to help you feel and move better.”
In order to get started, I wanted to share my years of experience with self myofascial release tools. There are so many foam rollers, trigger point tools, and massage sticks out there these days.
I’ve tried nearly all of them and these are what I consider the best self myofascial release tools.
Best Self Myofascial Release Tools
Over the years I have tried a ridiculous amount of different self myofascial release tools, some great, some awful, and some just a rip off. Luckily, new products emerge all the time and continue to improve.
I’ve learned a couple of things that are important:
There are different types of self myofascial release tools for different needs, body parts, and intensities. Building your own “kit” is probably going to be the most effective. Trying to use just a foam roller on everything is going to not work well.
You tend to build up a tolerance to self myofascial release and want to upgrade to more advanced foam rollers, trigger point balls, and massage sticks. Start with the basics and advance overtime.