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Should foam rolling be painful?

Foam rolling maybe slightly uncomfortable; however, if it feels too painful you will tense up and get the opposite of the desired effect. When you foam roll, the goal is to help relax and relieve tension in the muscles, much like a massage. Consider making the surface you are lying or sitting on softer (double up the exercise mats, or roll on carpet). The softer surface lessens the pressure the roller is exerting on the muscle. Other hand-held rollers are also useful because you decide how much pressure to exert on the muscles, instead of relying solely on your body weight.

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