There is some scientific evidence to support the use of foam rolling as a tool for improving muscle and soft tissue mobility and reducing muscle soreness and tension. Studies have shown that foam rolling can increase range of motion and flexibility, reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, improve athletic performance and aid in injury prevention. However, it is important to note that more research is needed in order to fully understand the effects of foam rolling and to determine the most effective techniques for different populations and conditions.
Foam rolling has been used before and after workouts as a form of myofascial release, which can help to improve flexibility and range of motion, reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, and improve athletic performance. Studies have also shown that foam rolling can be effective in reducing muscle soreness, stiffness, and fatigue in individuals who engage in regular physical activity.
Foam rolling has also been investigated as a form of self-massage technique to release muscle tension and knots, known as trigger points, which can cause pain and discomfort. Research suggests that foam rolling can help to reduce muscle pain and tension, improve flexibility and range of motion, and promote recovery after exercise.
Overall, foam rolling is considered to be a safe and effective self-massage technique for improving muscle and soft tissue mobility, flexibility, and reducing muscle soreness and tension. However, it is always good to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise or self-massage routine.