^^ Muscle rolling stimulates the circulation if performed briskly.
^^ It improves lymphatic flow and drainage of tissue fluid.
^^ It improves elasticity and extensibility in the muscle.
^^ It releases tension in muscle fibres when performed slowly and rhythmically. It is particularly useful if pain is present in a muscle. Gentle muscle rolling can be tolerated and will ease the pain, allowing other movements such as effleurage or gentle kneading to be performed.
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