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8 Lessons Learned: Wellness

Facts about Foam Rolling

Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. When the role of ‘fascia’ became known to users of self-massager instruments, the foam roller became popular. Therapists who work with professional athletes know that fascial restrictions are caused by these body connective tissues called ‘fascia’, and they are found all over our bodies from head to toe. These connective tissues are instrumental in supporting and protecting individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit. These tissues also help support the body by enable us to perform functional activities like sitting, squatting, jumping, running etc. When this is distorted, it can cause poor blood flow, weakens the impulses of the nerve, flexibility and other ranges of motion becomes limited and a host of other physical ailments. In other words, pain, tightness and discomfort is cause by distorted fascia. During heavy workouts, fascia could be pulled, torque, and compressed.

Self-myofascial release, otherwise known as self-massage helps to release muscle tightness or trigger points. By applying pressure to specific trigger points on your body, you are enabling your muscles to recover or return to it to its normal function. You will then have elastic muscles that are ready to perform again.

The point of pain that you will feel while foam rolling is an example of a trigger point. You can bear this pain although it is very uncomfortable. After foam rolling, you will feel much better. The best foam roller to use here are the triggerpoint foam roller or the triggerpoint grid foam roller.

A lot of people today find that deep tissue massage is the best way to release the tightness in the muscles, although it is very uncomfortable and at times, painful, but it helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movements which cannot be relieved by stretching alone. The muscle roller and other foam rollers are very popular today because of its effects. The best foam roller or muscle roller sticks can assist in breaking up these muscle knots that can help regain normal blood flow and function too.

What is the best procedure in using foam rollers properly? What you need to do is to apply first a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle group using a back roller, back foam roller or any other kind of roller and your bodyweight. You should roll slowly, an inch per second, and roll it over the tight or painful muscle and then pause for a few seconds while taking time to relax as much as possible. You should stay on the pressure point for five to thirty seconds until the muscle begins to release its tightness.

Foam roll after strenuous activities when the muscles stiffen up. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.