Facts about Foam Rolling
Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. The popularity of foam rollers unlike other self-massaging instruments, increased because users learned about the role of ‘fascia.’ 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. The ability to sit, squat, jump, run, and other functional activities are made possible by the support of these connective tissues. 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. Fascia’ could either be pulled, torque, and compress especially during heavy workouts.
Self-myofascial release, otherwise known as self-massage helps 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. This means an elastic muscle and a muscle that is ready to perform at a moment’s notice.
The point of pain that you will feel while foam rolling is an example of a trigger point. It is an uncomfortable but bearable pain. You will feel better after the process. The best foam roller to use here are the triggerpoint foam roller or the triggerpoint grid foam roller.
Stretching alone could not reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movements, but with deep tissue massage, the tightness is the muscles are released despite it being an uncomfortable and painful process. And the best foam rollers have thrived in the market because of this. The best foam rollers or muscle roller sticks can help in breaking up muscle knots to help in normalizing blood flow and function.
What is the best procedure in using 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. 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.
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.