More reasons for using a foam roller?

I use a foam roller at the gym because it feels good to loosen up the muscles, before working out and on recovery days.  I also keep a foam roller at home, because sometimes you need to do a bit of self massage or as the experts call it, self-myofascial release (SMR).

Using a foam roller for lower IT band

But, beyond just feeling better, there's new research which indicates that SMR using a foam roller "reduces arterial stiffness and improves vascular endothelial function".  The result is lower blood pressure and better circulation.