Foam Rolling / Self Myofascial Release / Self Massage are all performed with a soon archaic device (at least for those who own a Total Gym), the foam roller. The foam roller has been in use for many decades, with very little progress in design and use. I've been using and teaching the use of the foam roller for over 15 years and always found it frustrating and irritating to my shoulders. The frustration is due to the constant repositioning of me and the foam roll, as she seems to have her own mind. The irritation of my shoulders is due to the support of my body weight with the shoulder joint, while the humeral head (ball) grinds into the glenoid fossa (sleeve) while the surrounding rotator cuffs and deltoids work hard to maintain the ball joint. Still, I used it and taught it because it works, so much research and science support it. I use the past tense and teach because I now use only the Total Gym Foam Roller Attachment. The roller stops, while the sliding board carries my weight and makes grinding easier. Also, the muscles do not have to work hard because the skeletal structure of the arms absorbs the weight.
I kept using it and found that I could roll out all aspects of the lower body. I found nodes in my quads that I did not even know existed. The introduction of ITB was easy. There is an excerpt from a previous blog on this site about using a traditional foam roller that says, "This is not a relaxing type of stretch method," but with Total Gym Foam Roller this is the case. The right massage should be relaxing, but the traditional foam roller is far from it. We just do not know how far Well, the new product will revolutionize the foam roll, and Total Gym had the vision to see it in my presentation. I've been using this product for over four years and have not found a muscle I can not easily focus on.
Keith Daugherty ̵