While we may not yet fully understand the exact mechanism behind self myofascial release (SMR) – which as trainers we tend to collectively label as “foam rolling”, often regardless of the implement used – what we’re pretty sure we do know is that performing some SMR generally helps people feel and move better. As such, it’s common practice for trainers and strength coaches to include a short SMR/foam rolling/soft tissue work section in their clients’ programs, typically allowing 5-10 minutes at the beginning of the session, before moving onto some mobility work, some type of dynamic warm up, then into the training proper.
One particularly part of the foam rolling series that causes confusion and I often see performed incorrectly is the thoracic spine. This is usually because people tend to be unsure as to whether this is actually SMR, or a mobility drill. In my view it’s both, and in the video below I explain in more detail how to get better results from doing both, rather than missing out on everything from either:
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