What is muscle flossing and should you do it?

Athletes and physical therapists will turn to flossing to reduce muscle soreness, improve muscle recovery and improve performance, according to Physiopedia. However, research has been mixed.

Much of the research on flossing has been conducted on the ankle joint. A Meta-analysis 2020 in the Baltic Journal of Health and Physical Activity found that flossing can improve range of motion and jumping performance in recreational and professional athletes. A 2021 review in Frontiers in Physiology looked at muscle flossing on the ankles and other parts of the body. Flossing may slightly or moderately improve range of motion and increase athletic performance, but there is weak evidence of flossing on pain relief and muscle recovery.

Other specific studies suggest that flossing is not effective. A study 2021 in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness involved wrapping the thigh of recreational athletes during a warm-up. Using the sit-reach test to measure their range of motion, the study found no difference between athletes who wore the sling and those who didn’t. A articles from 2015 in the International Journal of Exercise Science examined whether or not flossing could increase bench press power. After wrapping participants’ shoulders, the power of the bench press did not increase.

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