A Comparison of the Pressure Exerted on Soft Tissue by 2 Myofascial Rollers

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Context:

Self-myofascial release (SMR) is a technique used to treat myofascial restrictions and restore soft-tissue extensibility.

Purpose:

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.

Participants:

Ten healthy young men and women.

Methods:

Participants 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.

Curran and Crisco are with the Dept of Orthopaedics, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI 02903. Fiore is with the Dept of Athletics and Physical Education, Brown University, Providence, RI.

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