If you are new to exercising, you may see people at the gym using a tool called a foam roller. Most people look at others using a foam roller and wonder what exactly they are doing. For those who are unaware, foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique that can help relieve muscle tightness, soreness and inflammation. It can also be used to increase your joint range of motion.
The best part about foam rolling is that it can relieve your muscle pain and help you relax. You can use your foam roller to warm up before working out or after you are done working out to relieve sore muscles. This is beneficial because you can ease the pain your muscles might have and reduce inflammation. Some people find foam rolling to be relaxing, especially after a workout, because it helps them relieve muscle tightness and wind down.
Foam rollers can also help increase your range of motion. If flexibility is an issue, you can use foam rollers to train your body to become more flexible and agile. Using certain foam rolling techniques in combination with static stretching as been proven to increase mobility and range of motion in people. It is recommended to use this combination of foam rolling and stretching after a workout for optimal results.
Additionally, foam rolling can provide temporary relief of certain pain symptoms. One such symptom is back pain. Using a foam roller on your back can help get knots out and ease tension in your back. Foam rolling can also mange fibromyalgia symptoms. In one study it has shown that 66 adults living with fibromyalgia who foam rolled for 20 weeks reported feeling better and had less pain intensity, fatigue, stiffness, and depression than those who didn’t try foam rolling techniques.
Foam rollers have multiple benefits that encompasses a lot of issues you may have with your body. Next time you see someone using a foam roller at the gym, you may get the urge to try one out for yourself. If you think foam rolling is right for you, please contact your specialist.
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Article written by William Graves.