Efficacy of Self Myofascial Release Techniques

Roller-massager is a convenient tool that uses upper body strength (rather than body weight) to move the roller across a muscle to imitate massage effects. Massage has been used to remove the knots and tensions sometimes found in muscle that can lead to pain and stiffness. It is not known if a roller massager can on its own or when used with massage can help alleviate the pain and stiffness associated with these muscle restrictions (knots or cramps). To date there are no published studies to validate the effectiveness of the roller massager. Therefore, the aims of the present study are to investigate the effectiveness of using Roller-massager as a technique similar to massage (i.e. removal of trigger points) to improve muscle pain, range of motion (ROM), strength, endurance and muscle activation. Secondly we will compare the results of the roller-massager as a follow up protocol after trigger point release by a massage therapist (combination of two techniques). Hopefully these results will provide insights into how the roller massager works and the best ways to use it in order to alleviate pain and stiffness.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. David Behm


Saied Jalal Aboodarda


ProActive Physiotherapy




Sports and recreation


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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