Does Foam Rolling Work?
Investing in decent foam roller may be the best thing you’ve ever done to rid yourself of those slow post-exercise recoveries and lingering aches, pains and DOM’s. There’s a reason some Physical Therapists have a un-natural hatred for foam rollers, and that is because they are a cheap alternative for an expensive deep sports massage. Foam rolling is also known as deep myofascial release. Fascia is a soft connective tissue which gives the muscle that support and protection in needs when functioning day to day. The fascia can however, does not deal with new stress very well, and can become restricted due to heavy workouts causing overuse, trauma and post-gym inactivity. As a result, the fascia can become inflamed and trigger points can emerge which results in pain and reduced performance!
How Do I Foam Roll?
There are hundreds of ways you can inflict the pain of foam rolling upon yourself. You can check out a video by Kelly Gonzalez here for some easy self-myofascial release techniques with a foam roller and work up from there.
Should I Foam Roll Before Or After A Workout?
This is a debate that crops up every time the word myofascial release is mentioned! The truth is, there is no universally accepted time you should foam roll, how long or even how often, but generally it is used before and after a workout. Foam Rolling prior to exercising can promote a better warm up and prevent injury from occurring, whereas foam rolling after a workout assists with the recovery process and prevent you from being stiff in the morning! The general rule of thumb is to roll it if its feeling sore both before and after.
Pros And Cons Of Foam Rolling
- Much cheaper than a Physio / Masseur consultation.
- Breaks down scar tissue and trigger points.
- Relieves tightness.
- Improves recovery time.
- Very painful! “no pain no gain”
Foam rolling is a must if you want to take your health and fitness seriously. Not only does it help with next day recovery, foam rolling improves your performance and prevents injuries by lengthening muscles and breaking down scar tissue. Tye TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is the best on the market, but more importantly it comes with an extremely useful “how to” guide that is ideal for beginners. Remember though “No pain, no gain“.
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