The Art of Mastering Foams

Foam Rolling for Health and Fitness

Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. The popularity of foam rollers unlike other self-massaging instruments, increased because users learned about the role of ‘fascia.’ Therapists who work with professional athletes know that fascial restrictions are caused by these body connective tissues called ‘fascia’, and they are found all over our bodies from head to toe. These fibrous connective tissues is the one that is instrumental or the framework that help support and protect individual muscles groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit. These tissues also help support the body by enable us to perform functional activities like sitting, squatting, jumping, running etc. Poor blood flow, weak impulses of the nerve, flexibility and other range of motions become limited and the body experience other physical ailments with the distortion of the connective tissues. So a distorted fascia causes pain, tightness, and discomfort. During heavy workouts, fascia could be pulled, torque, and compressed.

Self-myofascial release, otherwise known as self-massage helps to release muscle tightness or trigger points. In order for the muscles to recover or return to its normal function, you need to apply pressure to specific trigger points on your body. You will then have elastic muscles that are ready to perform again.

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. When done it would make you feel better. The best foam roller to use here are the triggerpoint foam roller or the triggerpoint grid foam roller.

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. And the best foam rollers have thrived in the market because of this. 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 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.

Foam roll after strenuous activities when the muscles stiffen up. Check out foam roller reviews online for the best foam rollers.