Arterial blood flow of the lateral thigh increased significantly after foam rolling exercises compared with baseline"
There are those in the camp that foam rolling is a waste of time, and those who swear by these various methods of self-soft tissue work. We are in the camp that it is helpful, but more so, if it seems to work for you then do it often. There have been journal articles in the last year that deep soft tissue within an hour of an aggressive workout helps recovery, which supports our camp. This is just one more piece supporting that "doing something" is better than a sofa, beer and Doritos.
Acute Effects of Lateral Thigh Foam Rolling on Arterial Tissue Perfusion Determined by Spectral Doppler and Power Doppler Ultrasound
Hotfiel, Thilo; Swoboda, Bernd; Krinner, Sebastian; Grim, Casper; Engelhardt, Martin; Uder, Michael; Heiss, Rafael U.
The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: April 2017 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 893–900