What is SMR (Self Myofascial Release)?

Posted: December 7, 2009 in Fitness, Massage

Have you ever seen people at the gym rolling around on some kind of foam roller and wonder what they are doing?  Well most likely they are doing SMR (self myofascial release).

What is SMR?

Self Myofascial Release addresses the body’s fascial anatomy – the fibrous connective tissue that holds the body together and gives it shape.  The basic intent of SMR is to release the restrictions in the superficial fascia, deep fascia surrounding muscles, and fascia related to overall body alignment.

Benefits of SMR

SMR will help restore the body back to its optimal level of function by resetting the proprioceptive mechanisms of the soft tissue. If you suffer from shoulder pain, knee pain, and/or back pain, SMR may help relieve your symptoms.

SMR should be done as a warm up, before static stretching for postural distortion patterns, and/or before any activity – it can also be done during the cool-down process.

Look in our Workouts for some examples of SMR and how to perform them.

Thanks for visiting – JC Health & Fitness

  1. mariabrophy says:

    Maybe this will help my lower back, which goes out on me every year or two,and it’s always sore.

    Thanks for educating me on this technique! If you ever do a workshop, I’m in.

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