A Guide to Foam Rolling and Its Benefits
Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. When the role of ‘fascia’ became known to users of self-massager instruments, the foam roller became popular. ‘Fascia’ are connective body tissues that cause fascial restrictions and they are found all over the body; these therapists who work with professional athletes are aware of. 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. When this is distorted, it can cause poor blood flow, weakens the impulses of the nerve, flexibility and other ranges of motion becomes limited and a host of other physical ailments. 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. You will then have elastic muscles that are ready to perform again.
The trigger point is the point during foam rolling when you feel pain. It is that kind of pain that is uncomfortable but at the same time bearable. You will feel better after the process. 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. The best foam roller or muscle roller sticks can assist in breaking up these muscle knots that can help regain normal blood flow and function too.
How to foam roll properly? What you need to do is to apply first a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle group using a back roller, back foam roller or any other kind of 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 when to foam roll is after strenuous activities or athletic activities. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.