Offering self-care tools for sale to clients is one important way massage therapists can contribute to client health between sessions—and massage tools and rollers are among products at the top of many therapists’ retail list.

Two recent studies found that two minutes of myofascial rolling with foam rollers and five minutes of rolling with a roller massager significantly increased range of motion without any detrimental effect on muscle strength.

“Although used for many years in physical therapy, foam rollers have recently surged in popularity both in therapy and fitness for myofascial rolling,” noted a press release from Performance Health and The Theraband Academy. “The rolling pressure applied along a muscle is thought to compress the tissue and increase flexibility of the muscle and fascia, possibly breaking up fibrous adhesions between layers of fascia.”

Watch a Thera-Band Roller Massager+ Research Video, here.

For more information, read the press release, here.