Foam Rolling…You’ll be pleasantly surprised
For a while now, we have not only promoted the use of foam rollers, but we use them in the office. They come in many shapes and sizes, ranging in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. That being said, there are many features that may not be necessary for everyone.
Foam rolling is a manual therapy modality targeting the adhesions and injuries of the fascia. Fascia is a membrane that surrounds all muscles, organs, and tissues and provides the framework of cohesive soft tissue. In the areas of restricted movements, knots or adhesions develop. These areas are accumulations of waste byproducts that become restrictive and painful with movement.
Rolling out with a foam roller helps promote blood flow to the region, breaking up adhesions, and promoting byproduct movement through filtration. Through the application of pressure along the knots, the fascia responds with improve function and movement.
Many areas can be foam rolled. Many of the most common are the hamstrings, ITB, and quads. But, did you know that you can foam roll your biceps, triceps, and chest as well? It is a great way to reduce the soreness and pain especially following workouts. I highly suggest that if you’re developing pain after workouts or are just not recovering like you use to, give foam rolling a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.