that frightening foam roller, that devil that makes everything so much better!!
don’t know what a foam roller is? let me explain..
“foam rolling,” (Self-myofascial release) has helped myself, and other fitness finatics, other athletes, some coaches too. its basically a piece of equipment to help self-massage, yourself, to help release muscle tightness, lactic acid, or trigger points in the body.
This method can be performed with a foam roller, or just a small ball. the foam roller helps by applying pressure (usually your body weight), to specific points on your body you are then helping in the recovery of muscles and helping in returning them to normal function.
Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to go! i use a foam roller most days see picture below – i use it mostly on my legs, quads and hamstring, performing different exercises/moves, usually placing my whole body weight on the pressure point, pressing it against the foam roller, massaging it over and over, at first it does slightly hurt then the muscle and tightness, starts to relax and it eases off and i promise it does make it feel better! i do this every day, or every other day. i find it really does help.
Foam rolling helps you to control your own healing and recovery process by applying the amount of pressure YOU want, in precise locations, because only you can feel exactly what is happening. unlike if you went for a massage from someone else. the foam roller helps release trigger points, it helps to build up or maintain proper movement, pain free movement!
stretching alone is not always enough to help the muscle tightness, which is why foam rollers are great and are now becoming more and more popular. Foam rolling can help in breaking up these muscle knots, and it can help resume normal blood flow too. If our muscles are not taken care of properly we can experience loss of flexibility, and painful movement.
remember to always do you own research on what it is, what it does, how it helps, and what to buy that is best for you. this is just my own opinion and judgement on them, make your own mind up after personal research…
much love J