Years and years ago, the only people using foam rolling for recovery were elite athletes and their coaches.
Now, they’re being tripped over everywhere in places like gyms, physios and even chemists. So why are they so important?
What is it and who is it best for?
Self-myofascial release (a.k.a foam rolling) is the process of self-massage using a tube or deep tissue roller. Muscles are meant to be soft, supple and elastic but sometimes stress, training and lack of flexibility can lead to knots inside tough and tight muscles. This can mean that simple stretching isn’t enough to help.
Therapists report foam rolling having similar benefits to deep tissue massage and other recovery options, making it an affordable and accessible option for all. No matter what kind of training you enjoy, foam rolling can be a fantastic option to keep potential injuries at bay.
The key benefits of frequent foam rolling include:
– Breaking down scar tissue
– Aiding recovery and supporting healing
– Injury prevention (through muscles functioning well)
– Improve mobility and flexibility
– Assist with lactic acid removal and circulation
What do I need to know?
Foam rolling (like any rehabilitation method) is all about technique. If used excessively in one area, or perhaps too much of your body weight is focussed on a joint or injury, it could lead to pain or knots. If you are injured, or are unsure as to the nature of the pain you may be experiencing contact your physiotherapist for a consultation before beginning.
How do I get started?
Before undertaking foam rolling to aid in your injury prevention methods, we highly recommend consulting your local physiotherapist to rule out any current injuries or unknown sources of pain. Your physiotherapist can help you choose the best recovery option for you, your time and your pocket.
They can even show you the best take-home techniques to access the sore areas or knots that will ensure you gain all the benefits of foam rolling from the comfort of your own home or gym.
The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are experienced in a range of areas including injury rehabilitation and ongoing injury management. If you’d like to get started, contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email email@example.com, or simply click here to book your initial consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists.