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  • Foam rolling - personal experience question

    I don’t foam roll anymore after learning from you guys that it’s a waste of time, but occasionally, if a spot on my hip or quad is tight or sore, I will lay on it motionless on a roller and it seems to have a very positive effect on the way my leg or hip feels afterwards:

    I find the painful spot (trigger point I guess) and just lay there, keeping the muscle completely relaxed. It is extremely painful at first, but as I continue to lay there, the pain becomes less and less until it completely goes away. If I do this for my entire quad, for example, a few hours after lifting, that leg actually feels “fresher” than the other one, like I had not worked it as hard during my session. If my hip felt tight and was in pain, now that hip feels more limber and the pain has greatly subsided.

    What the heck is going on with this?

    Thanks for your time

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    I’d guess it’s a neurological effect by which the local sensation provided by the pressure from the foam roller serves as a “cue” for you to relax the area, and/or results in top-down pain modulation.
    IG / YT