What is Foam Rolling and How Will it Benefit Me?

 

Foam Rolling, or Self-Myo-Facial release was once considered a mysterious technique. A few years back it was only performed by physical therapists on their patients as well as on athletes, to aid in healing soft tissue to remain injury free. Most of us have seem these Styrofoam like cylinders in many colors and sizes at our local department store or gym, and may not have a clue how to use them or what they can do for us. For those of us that do use Foam Rollers regularly, we know the benefits they have to offer by reducing tight muscles, shortening recovery time and  reducing the chance of injury.

SMF means “self massage”  which is a method used to break up adhesions that form between the muscle layers.  Painful trigger points or knots can form in soft tissue which can develop from an injury, inadequate
flexibility, poor posture or even stress. Massage therapists may work on their clients pressure points to recover proper movement patterns or to minimize pain.  If you have ever had a massage you know that sometimes it can feel uncomfortable or maybe even a little painful when the therapist starts to work on loosening up your tight spots. Foam rolling may give you a similar uncomfortable sensation, especially if the
connective tissue between the muscles are tight. SMF can help restore the tissues by increasing blood flow to the area and accelerate removal of waste products after exercise,  reducing post-exercise soreness.

Consider trying out the foam roller the next time you come across one at your local studio or gym.  Seek the advise of a trainer or staff member on proper technique when trying out a new exercise or piece of equipment.

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