Originally Posted by Alan O'Donnell
Sorry, noob question, but what exactly does foam rolling do, and assuming it does it, what's the controversy?
I've done a little SMR since starting crossfit and have gotten a few clinical deep-tissue massages, but I can't say that I've noticed any improvement.
I've read a few items in regards to why people shouldn't SMR and typically it does seem to be people that have gone through the Z-Health system. I guess I just don't understand the objection as the few things I've read didn't seem to make sense to me.
I have found SMR to be helpful but I don't personally recommend PVC, IMO you would be better off with a high density foam roller. I do recommend using a tennis/lacrosse ball on places like calves, glutes, infraspinatus, arches of feet.