You’ve probably heard of foam rolling, and you may even be doing it already. Do you know why foam rolling is so good? Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique that anyone can do. It works by using the body’s natural response to pressure. As you move over tight spots, or trigger spots the muscle relaxes. For really tight muscles you can just apply constant pressure without rolling. It’s like getting a deep tissue massage but a lot cheaper.
Here are some of the other benefits of foam rolling:
Breaks up scar tissue.
Most of us have scar tissue and adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. These need to be broken up so that your body can move pain free. Foam rolling puts targeted pressure on fascia, releasing the trigger points that are causing you pain.
Improves your range of motion.
Foam rolling releases tight muscles that inhibit your range of motion. Releasing those tight muscles takes pressure off your joints and allows for more dynamic moves during your workouts.
Improves circulation and removes toxins.
Foam rolling stimulates your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system helps rid your body of toxins. This helps with better oxygen delivery to your cells which improves circulation.
How To Use It
Foam rolling works with your body weight so you need room to be able to get down on the floor with it and roll over those tight muscles.
You can find some examples of how to use a foam roller here.
Whether your physically active or not you can benefit from foam rolling. If you’ve got chronically tight areas invest in a foam roller and start using it regularly. It might be a bit painful when you first use it but the benefits far outweigh that little bit of discomfort.