It seems the humble foam roller is having a moment in the world of health and wellness. If the last couple of years have been all about high-intensity workouts like CrossFit and the rise of luxury spin classes like SoulCycle and Flywheel, it would seem 2016 is officially the Year of the Foam Roller.
You’ve probably seen a stack of them in the corner of your gym, and you may have seen runners rolling their IT bands out on one. While the roller is definitely good for reducing muscle soreness and increasing range of motion and flexibility, there’s a lot more you can do with a foam roller than most people think.
So, here are six things you probably didn’t know a foam roller could do for you, and six moves you can do at home to get those benefits:
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