Foam Roller - Fascia Stretching
Optimal Before Exercise or Before Stretching
Benefits of Fascia Stretching
It reduced pain in 94% of patients who suffered from chronic plantar fasciitis and it helps people who have Iliotibial band syndrome. Fascia stretching has also been shown to help alleviate pain in connecting muscles and joints. When pain is decreased, workouts tend to be more effective.
One of the theoretical benefits is that it can help relieve or loosen "knots" in the muscle. Then during strength training exercises, they entire length of the muscle is worked. (This is loosely based on the Huxley Sliding Filament Theory.) Please note: This has NOT been documented in a research setting.
Increased muscle growth, one of the highly promoted benefits of fascia stretching has never been proven in clinical research.