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9 Lessons Learned: Wellness

Facts about Foam Rolling

Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. Unlike many other self-massager instrument, the foam roller became prominent to users after the role of “fascia” became widely known to them. 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. It also plays an important supportive role by enabling us to perform functional activities like sitting, squatting, jumping, running etc. Poor blood flow, weak impulses of the nerve, flexibility and other range of motions become limited and the body experience other physical ailments with the distortion of the connective tissues. Pain, tightness, and discomfort are caused by the distortion of the fascia. During heavy workouts, fascia could be pulled, torque, and compressed.

Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. Pressure applied to specific bodily trigger points help the muscles to recover and return to their normal functions. You will then have elastic muscles that are ready to perform again.

A common example of a trigger point is the point of pain that you will feel while foam rolling. It is that kind of pain that is uncomfortable but at the same time bearable. After foam rolling, you will feel much better. For this we use the triggerpoint foam roller or the triggerpoint grid foam roller.

For many, deep tissue massage is a process that though uncomfortable and at times painful it is the best way to release those disencumbered tightness and helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement that stretching alone could not do. This is the reason why the best foam rollers have thrived on the mass market. Breaking up muscle knots can help regain normal blood flow and function and can only be achieved with the help of the best foam roller or muscle roller sticks.

How to foam roll 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. Stay on this pressure point for five to thirty second and you should start to feel that the muscle begins to release its tightness.

Foam roll after strenuous activities when the muscles stiffen up. Check out foam roller reviews online for the best foam rollers.