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.’ ‘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. It also plays an important supportive role by enabling us to perform functional activities like sitting, squatting, jumping, running etc. 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. In other words, pain, tightness and discomfort is cause by distorted fascia. Fascia’ could either be pulled, torque, and compress especially during heavy workouts.
To release muscle tightness or trigger points we do self-massage or scientifically known as the self-myofascial release. Pressure applied to specific bodily trigger points help the muscles to recover and return to their normal functions. This means an elastic muscle and a muscle that is ready to perform at a moment’s notice.
The point of pain that you will feel while foam rolling is an example of a trigger point. It is an uncomfortable but bearable pain. After foam rolling, you will feel much 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. This is the reason why the best foam rollers have thrived on the mass market. 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? You need to first apply a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle groups using either a back roller, back foam roller or any kind of foam roller and your bodyweight. 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.
Foam roll after strenuous activities when the muscles stiffen up. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.