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A Guide to Foam Rolling and Its Benefits

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. When the role of ‘fascia’ became known to users of self-massager instruments, the foam roller became popular. 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. 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. So a distorted fascia causes pain, tightness, and discomfort. During heavy workouts, fascia could be pulled, torque, and compressed.

Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage 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 an uncomfortable but bearable pain. 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. 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.

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. 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.

Quotes: wikipedia reference