Foam rolling has become a major part of many people’s fitness routines, but what are the benefits of it and why is it so important?
What is foam rolling?
Foam rolling, also known as ‘self-myofascial release’, is designed to smooth out the knots in your muscles. It 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.
Should you be joining in on foam rolling?
In short – yes! Foam rolling (when done correctly) will improve the quality of your workouts, by relieving muscle tightness. Foam rolling will also provide immediate relief from body pain due to tightness. Foam rolling can play a major part in making sure that tightness and knots don’t ruin your workouts. Reducing the tightness of your muscles will also help you perform your best during non-strength workouts such as running, cycling, dancing and swimming.
What are the benefits of foam rolling?
- Increased blood flow and circulation
- Better range of motion
- Decreased risk of injury
- Decreased recovery time
- Breaking down scar tissue
- Injury prevention
What to know before you get started:
Before you get started with foam rolling to aid in your injury and prevention methods, it is important to consult 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.