The Benefits of Foam Rolling
A foam roller was once a 'puzzling' piece of equipment but now many people don't want to be without one.
Foam Rolling - means self-myofascial release, or self massage. Previously it was usually only performed in professional areas of sport therapy. Thanks to modern day advances, anyone can purchase a foam roller and use it for themselves at home or in the gym.
Why Is A Foam Roller Neccesary?
Because we often over work our bodies, be it over training in the gym, training for an athletic event, doing a physical job with awkward positions, or sitting for long periods of time, our bodies suffer the consequences which are symptoms of stiffness and aches and pains.
For example exercising induces micro tears in muscle fibres which can affect nerves and vessels and with constant training can lead to scar tissue.
What Are The Benefits Of Foam Rolling?
- Improves circulation
- Breaks down knots
- Releases muscle tightness
- Encourages flexibility and ease of movement
- Helps prevent the build up of scar tissue
There are a huge variety of foam rollers now available on the market, varying in size, shape and the level of intensity that it delivers. Some are smooth and others have bumps to apply extra pressure as seen in the image above. The smooth ones are recommended for beginners and the bumpy ones for more advanced users as they can take a bit of getting used to.
How Does A Foam Roller Work?
The principle is that the foam roller smooths knots, scar tissue and muscles, encouraging blood flow to promote healing. It is well worth using one for around 10 minutes before doing any kind of exercise.