A Guide to Foam Rolling and Its Benefits
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. Individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit is supported and protected by these connective tissues. These tissues also help support the body by enable 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. So a distorted fascia causes pain, tightness, and discomfort. During heavy workouts, fascia could be pulled, torque, and compressed.
To release muscle tightness or trigger points we do self-massage or scientifically known as the self-myofascial release. Pressure applied to specific bodily trigger points help the muscles to recover and return to their normal functions. This means an elastic muscle and a muscle that is ready to perform at a moment’s notice.
The trigger point is the point during foam rolling when you feel pain. You can bear this pain although it is very uncomfortable. When done it would make you feel 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. 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.
How then do you use foam rollers properly? You need to first apply a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle groups using either a back roller, back foam roller or any kind of foam roller and your bodyweight. While rolling slowly, no more than one inch per second, try to find the area that are tight or painful then pause for several seconds while making every attempt to relax as much as possible. You should stay on the pressure point until the muscle begins to release its tightness about five to thirty seconds.
The best time to foam roller is after strenuous workouts or after an athletic competition and the muscles are all stiff. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.