How to Use that Foam Roller

If you don’t already own a foam roller, you’ve likely seen one at a gym or sporting goods shop. Though the foam or foam-covered cylinders have been around for decades, in recent years, foam rolling has become a fitness phenomenon, with some local studios offering classes and clinics centered around the tool. Why all the hype? Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release (or a kind of self-given deep-tissue massage) that can help reduce soreness, increase flexibility and range of motion and loosen tight, achy muscles, explains Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated exercise specialist Amy Levine.