EXERCISE OF THE MONTH: Self Myofasical Release (SMR)

Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 9:00:00 am

PRIMARY MUSCLE USED:

Hip Flexors, Quadriceps & IT Band


BENEFITS:

Self Myofascial Release “can increase circulation and as a result, increase metabolism to the musculature and aid in the removal of metabolites such as lactic acid.”¹

HOW TO:

  1. Position yourself as pictured
  2. Roll the foam roller over the soft tissue
  3. The area(s) that feels tender indicate a trigger point
  4. Hold over the trigger point for 15 – 30 seconds
  5. You may feel a release immediately or it may take a few sessions to release
  6. Do not hold over the same spot for more than 30 seconds

1 Principles of Athletic Training, Arnheim & Prentice

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