News For This Month: Foams

Foam Rolling for Health and Fitness

What appears to be the new trending in the health and fitness industry is an additional instrument called foam rollers or foam rolling sports massagers. Unlike many other self-massager instrument, the foam roller became prominent to users after the role of “fascia” became widely known to them. 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. It also plays an important supportive role by enabling 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. The pulling, torque, and compression on the fascia can happen during heavy workouts.

Self-myofascial release, otherwise known as self-massage helps to release muscle tightness or trigger points. In order for the muscles to recover or return to its normal function, you need to apply pressure to specific trigger points on your body. With this release, the muscles then become elastic again and ready to do their functions.

The point of pain that you will feel while foam rolling is an example of a trigger point. It is that kind of pain that is uncomfortable but at the same time bearable. When done it would make you feel better. The triggerpoint foam roller and the triggerpoint grid form roller are ideal for this procedure.

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. The muscle roller and other foam rollers are very popular today because of its effects. The best foam rollers or muscle roller sticks can help in breaking up muscle knots to help in normalizing blood flow and function.

How to foam roll properly? Using a back roller, back foam roller, or any kind of foam roller and your bodyweight, you should apply a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle groups. Foam rolling should be done slowly an inch at a time and it should be roller on the right muscle or the painful one and then take time to relax for a few second before starting again. 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.