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SMARTROLLER SMARTROLLER®
NEW! OPTP introduces the SMARTROLLER, a uniquely designed, extremely resilient, 'two-in-one' foam roller. This patented foam roller has one side that is flatter and one side that is rounder.

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PRO-ROLLER OPTP PRO-ROLLER™
The OPTP PRO-ROLLER™ is the preferred choice for those looking for a comfortable, high-quality, long-lasting foam roller.

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AXIS Roller White AXIS™ ROLLER
NEW! OPTP has developed a new and improved version of our white foam roller - the AXIS™ Roller White. Available in the same sizes as our original white foam roller.

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This site will educate you on why our foam rollers are the best, explain the differences between our foam rollers, give you tips and exercises to use with your foam roller and show you what other people are saying about foam rollers. See for yourself what OPTP foam rollers have to offer. Click through our site and let us know if you have any questions.

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Featured Product of the Month - The SMARTROLLER

The SMARTROLLER®
Why invent a new foam roller?

Stacy Barrows, PT, was introduced to the original 6" round foam roller in her Feldenkrais® training (a sensorimotor educational method) and immediately fell in love with this simple tool. As a physical therapist, she was accustomed to tools that stimulate play and therapeutic responses. In addition to offering the foam roller to her patients, she started teaching therapists and fitness/wellness experts how to use the foam rollers in their field of practice.

Through her training in the Feldenkrais Method she became aware of how heightening the sensitivity to movement with attention facilitated even more improvements with her clients. Yet, this sensitivity could be diminished with too much stimulation, discomfort, or stretch. So she ventured off to develop a more user-friendly roller design, following the "No Pain, More Gain" principle.

How is the SMARTROLLER® different from other rollers? The SMARTROLLER is a patented foam roller with a dual curved shape that creates two rollers in one; a flatter surface on one side and a rounder side on the other. Reduced height and a shape that harmonizes with the human body provide greater comfort. This unique shape also creates safer, easier mounting and dismounting than is possible with conventional rollers. When a person rests their full back on a SMARTROLLER, there is more open space for the ribs and the mid spine to move during exercise. This is very significant for computer users who hold their chest and upper back in fixed postures and can be candidates for problems such as carpal tunnel or neck strain.


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What is a Foam Roller?
July 02, 2009
Foam Rollers are one of the most versatile, affordable and easy-to-use pieces of rehab and training equipment on the market today. They come in a variety of sizes, materials and densities and are used in stretching, strengthening, self-massage, balance training and stability exercises. Foam Rollers are the preferred tool for use in therapeutic exercise, physical therapy, training and conditioning. The most common size you will see in your local gym, Pilates studio or physical therapy clinic is the 36" long x 6" diameter full-roller. But no matter your fitness or rehab goals, OPTP has a foam roller designed to meet your specific needs. More...



Big Benefits with Massage on a Foam Roller
July 02, 2009
When using the roller for massage be aware that you will have to listen to your body. Don't be afraid to modify or fine-tune a position that doesn't feel right to you. Sometimes body proportions or your height dictate this. When you come to a tender spot in your massage, stop moving, and hold on that spot for 30-45 seconds, breathing deeply. You are trying to get the tenderness reduced by 50%. Then continue to roll. If the spot is stubborn, just come back to it later and try again. As these spots sometimes can be very painful, go slowly. More...


What is a Foam Roller?
Why should I use an OPTP Foam Roller?

What kinds of Foam Rollers does OPTP sell?

Why should I buy OPTP Foam Rollers?

How do I care for my Foam Roller?


What is a Foam Roller?

Foam rollers are one of the most versatile, affordable and easy-to-use pieces of rehab and training equipment on the market today. They come in a variety of sizes, materials and densities and are used in stretching, strengthening and stability exercises. Rollers are the preferred tool for use in therapeutic exercise, physical therapy, training and conditioning.



Why should I use an OPTP Foam Roller?
Exercises and self massage done with the foam roller help increase core strength and stability, assist in core training and stretching, promote myofascial release and facilitate postural alignment and balance.



What kinds of Foam Rollers does OPTP sell?
OPTP has the most extensive product line of full-round and half-round foam rollers, in different sizes and densities, in the industry. No matter your fitness or rehab goals, OPTP has a roller designed to meet your specific needs.

Click here for our complete product line of foam rollers, including our PRO, AXIS and Standard foam rollers.

If you’re specifically looking to target abs, obliques and core muscle groups while improving stability, balance and flexibility check out our Core Challenge Inflatable Roller.



Why should I buy OPTP Foam Rollers?
Simply put, we’re the best in the business! Not only are OPTP rollers made of the most durable materials, but they are the preferred foam roller of professionals and non-professionals.

OPTP has provided the largest selection of the highest quality foam rollers to rehab and fitness professionals throughout the world for 30 years, and we’re not about to stop. See for yourself what we have to offer, click here.



How do I care for my OPTP Foam Roller?
Maintaining your foam roller is very easy. Because it’s made of foam you should not store your roller in direct heat or sunlight, as not to compromise the structure of the roller.

To maximize the life of your foam roller it is recommended you use and store your roller encased in a cover. You can buy an OPTP fabric or vinyl foam roller cover for less than $20 (click here). The vinyl cover can be wiped down with a damp cloth and mild soap, whereas the fabric cover can be laundered and air-dried.