Research: CURRAN and COLLEAGUES,

Listed in Issue 168

Abstract

CURRAN and COLLEAGUES,  Dept of Orthopaedics, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI 02903, USA compared the effects of a Multilevel rigid roller (MRR) and a Bio-Foam roller (BFR) in men and women performing Self-myofascial release (SMR).

Background

Self-myofascial release (SMR) is a technique used to treat myofascial restrictions and restore soft-tissue extensibility. The authors sought to determine whether the pressure and contact area on the lateral thigh differ between a Multilevel rigid roller (MRR) and a Bio-Foam roller (BFR) for participants performing SMR.

Methodology

Participants, Ten healthy young men and women, performed an SMR technique on the lateral thigh using both myofascial rollers. Thin-film pressure sensels recorded pressure and contact area during each SMR trial.

Results

Mean sensel pressure exerted on the soft tissue of the lateral thigh by the MRR (51.8 +/- 10.7 kPa) was significantly (P < .001) greater than that of the conventional BFR (33.4 +/- 6.4 kPa). Mean contact area of the MRR (47.0 +/- 16.1 cm2) was significantly (P < .005) less than that of the BFR (68.4 +/- 25.3 cm2).

Conclusion

The significantly higher pressure and isolated contact area with the MRR suggest a potential benefit in SMR.

References

Curran PF, Fiore RD and  Crisco JJ. A comparison of the pressure exerted on soft tissue by 2 myofascial rollers. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 17(4): 432-42. Nov 2008.

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