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J Phys Ther Sci. 2014 Nov;26(11):1779-81. doi: 10.1589/jpts.26.1779. Epub 2014 Nov 13.

Effect of Self-myofascial Release on Reduction of Physical Stress: A Pilot Study.

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Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Catholic University of Pusan: 9 Bugok 3-dong, Geumjung-gu, Busan 609-757 Republic of Korea.
Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, College of Health Sciences, Catholic University of Pusan, Republic of Korea.


[Purpose] This study aims to examined the effect of the self-myofascial release induced with a foam roller on the reduction of stress by measuring the serum concentration of cortisol. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects of this study were healthy females in their 20s. They were divided into the experimental and control groups. Both groups, each consisting of 12 subjects, were directed to walk for 30 minutes on a treadmill. The control group rested for 30 minutes of rest by lying down, whereas the experimental group was performed a 30 minutes of self-myofascial release program. [Results] Statistically significant levels of cortisol concentration reduction were observed in both the experimental group, which used the foam roller, and the control group. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups. [Conclusion] The Self-myofascial release induced with a foam roller did not affect the reduction of stress.


Cortisol; Foam roller; Myofascial release

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