When I am telling my clients why myofascial release is important, one particular statement always works. Static stretches, such as bending down to touch your toes, only stretch the deep inner part of the muscle (golgi tendon organ, muscle spindle). But what about the outside of the muscle, the connective tissue that wraps around muscles (fascial tissue)? That’s where the foam roller is used ( myofascial release). Works every time, like a lightbulb goes off.