Have you ever heard for self myofascial release (SMR)? Well if I use word “foam rolling” you might know what I am talking about.

What is SMR?
Self myofascial release is performed by an individual on themselves rather than by a practitioner using a foam roller, lacrosse ball, tennis ball, or pinky ball. Foam rolling is the most popular form of self-myofascial release.
When performed properly, self myofascial release can be very beneficial for athletes for performance, injury prevention and recovery. In this post I am going to discuss the basics of SMR and how climbers can incorporate it in their daily training and recovery routines.

How does SMR helps?
Self-myofascial release causes an increase in short-term flexibility.
Self-myofascial release may also be able to increase flexibility long-term, in programs of >2 weeks.
Self-myofascial release may reduce perceived soreness and increase pressure pain threshold as a result of DOMS during the 48 hours following damaging exercise.

How does SMR works & how to roll?
Please visit blog post Natasha Barnes – Self Myofascial Release for Climbers. Really detailed article with lot of examples, pictures and explanations.