A foam roller is a versatile and inexpensive piece of exercise equipment. It is basically a cylinder made of dense foam, and varying in diameter and length.
Myofascial release can be done as a foam roller exercise to stretch the fascia or connective tissue which surrounds the muscle. Self myofascial release is a way of stretching the fascia yourself, without a therapist to do it for you. In most cases this is done using a foam roller - a cylinder of dense foam.
Foam roller exercise for stretching and myofascial release of the calf muscles.
This exercise massages the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg. The leg is rolled over the roller along the full length of the muscles from the ankle to just below the knee and back again. More pressure is applied from the ankle upwards following the direction of blood flow in the muscles.