Foam Rolling for Health and Fitness
The instrument called foam roller which are actually sports massagers are the latest in the health and fitness industry. The popularity of foam rollers unlike other self-massaging instruments, increased because users learned about the role of ‘fascia.’ While it is true that manual therapists who worked with professional athletes are aware that fascial restrictions are cause by these body connective tissues called “fascia”, they are also found all over our body from our head to our 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. A distortion of the connective tissues cause poor blood flow, weakens the impulses of the nerve, and flexibility and other range of motions become limited and the body experiences other physical ailments. Pain, tightness, and discomfort are caused by the distortion of the fascia. During heavy workouts, fascia could be pulled, torque, and compressed.
To release muscle tightness or trigger points we do self-massage or scientifically known as the self-myofascial release. By applying pressure to specific trigger points on your body, you are enabling your muscles to recover or return to it to its normal function. 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. For this we use the triggerpoint foam roller or the triggerpoint grid foam roller.
For many, deep tissue massage is a process that though uncomfortable and at times painful it is the best way to release those disencumbered tightness and helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement that stretching alone could not do. And the best foam rollers have thrived in the market because of this. Breaking up muscle knots can help regain normal blood flow and function and can only be achieved with the help of the best foam roller or muscle roller sticks.
What is the best procedure in using foam rollers 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. While rolling slowly, no more than one inch per second, try to find the area that are tight or painful then pause for several seconds while making every attempt 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 when to foam roll is after strenuous activities or athletic activities. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.