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. 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. The pulling, torque, and compression on the fascia can happen 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. You can bear this pain although it is very uncomfortable. You will feel better after the process. The triggerpoint foam roller and the triggerpoint grid form roller are ideal for this procedure.
A lot of people today find that deep tissue massage is the best way to release the tightness in the muscles, although it is very uncomfortable and at times, painful, but it helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movements which cannot be relieved by stretching alone. And the best foam rollers have thrived in the market because of this. The best foam rollers or muscle roller sticks can help in breaking up muscle knots to help in normalizing blood flow and function.
How then do you use foam rollers 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. 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 for five to thirty seconds until the muscle begins to release its tightness.
The best time to foam roller is after strenuous workouts or after an athletic competition and the muscles are all stiff. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.