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Does using a foam roller build muscle or relax muscle? What impact does it make?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Foam roller

It does not build muscle.
It is a form of massage which can relax tight muscles.

In brief: Foam roller

It does not build muscle.
It is a form of massage which can relax tight muscles.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Depends on who is

Doing the rolling & who is being rolled.
Rolling is like a massage so it may cause muscle relaxation & depending on how hard the person is doing the rolling is working, theoretically it could build that person's muscles.

In brief: Depends on who is

Doing the rolling & who is being rolled.
Rolling is like a massage so it may cause muscle relaxation & depending on how hard the person is doing the rolling is working, theoretically it could build that person's muscles.
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