The term foam rolling may sound like a slang word, but it actually refers to the act of physically manipulating one’s muscles and soft tissue with the use of a foam cylinder. Rolling out is supposed to help release muscle tension and decrease pain.
In this article, we will be going over why foam rolling is good for muscles and its benefits. You will also find out how you can incorporate foam rolling into your fitness routine as well as what you should look for in a good quality foam roller.
What is foam rolling?
Foam rolling (also known as self-myofascial release) is a type of soft tissue treatment that focuses on the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Foam rollers are cylinders made of foam that are used to apply pressure to the muscles of certain areas in order to get rid of muscle knots or tightness. The use of foam rollers has been popularized by physical therapists and athletes who have seen their benefits in pain relief and tissue relaxation. Foam rollers are also used to ease muscle soreness after workouts and treat athletes with sprains or tears, among other uses.
Foam rollers can be used almost anywhere on the body. The most common areas that are targeted include:
- lower back
- upper back
There are no restrictions as to how long you should roll out your muscles; it is best to just listen to your body and stop when you don’t feel the need to continue any further.
Different foam roller exercises target specific muscle groups and have different intensities based on how much pressure or weight is applied while rolling out. A soft or hard roller is sometimes used during foam rolling exercises based on what feels more comfortable for the individual.
Why should I foam roll?
Foam rolling is supposed to improve your performance on the field and off the field because it works on your muscles in a whole-body way. Foam rolling is a great way to open blood flow and remove excess lactic acid buildup. Foam rolling also helps rid you of any knots or tightness, which in turn creates an efficient muscle matrix allowing for better strength and flexibility as well as increased range of motion. Athletes who foam roll are more mobile, quicker, and psychologically prepared for their next workout or race. The use of foam rollers is also useful in easing back pain, improving sleep, reducing stress, and reducing headaches. A foam roller is a great tool for athletes who want to reduce their recovery time from strenuous activity and have more energy to keep going.
Athletes also prefer to use the foam roller on the muscles that they use heavily, for example, the calves before a football workout or during weightlifting for muscle stiffness. Foam rolling also alleviates pain and muscle soreness that you may feel in a particular area.
You should utilize proper form when rolling out because if you apply pressure too hard in one area, it could lead to pain as well as damage your body parts. In order to prevent injury, you should always foam roll before a workout or competition, as well as after for recovery.
Foam Rolling and Myofascial Release
Myofascial release (also known as self-myofascial release) is the process of physically manipulating soft tissue with the use of a tool (myo-) such as a foam roller. Myofascial manipulation is meant to aid in the battle against pain and joint dysfunction. It is supposed to clear away any knots or tightness in your muscles while promoting flexibility and range of motion. Myofascial release promotes blood flow, which can help ease soreness and give you more energy for your next activity or workout session.