Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) is a method of self-treatment which will typically involve utilizing a foam roll or some other tool. Other tools can include a lacrosse ball or a massage stick.
Although the term “Myofascial Release” may be a misnomer (as it does not actually release or change connective tissue) it can have some important benefits.
The two main benefits of SMR are to improve short term mobility and to decrease muscle soreness due to a workout or other activity.
Utilizing SMR prior to exercise can improve mobility and unlike static stretching muscle contractibility or power is not lost. If SMR is used after a workout the goal in mind should be to decrease delayed onset muscle soreness that may normally take place.