So what’s all the hype about foam rolling?
Foam rolling is a form of Self-Myofascial Release Therapy that aids recovering muscles. Get familiar with the innovative tool that athletes, coaches, therapists, and trainers have been raving about. Although the foam roller is not equivalent to a professional massage, the foam roller does an excellent job of breaking up adhesions in the muscle tissue to allow you to recovery quicker and maximize your next workout.
First, find a tender spot in the muscle, known as a ‘trigger points’, and rest it there for a moment until the pain lessens. Then finish by rolling over the entire muscle for about 30 to 60 seconds. Then repeat this process about two to three times until the pain has subsided.
By causing great amounts of stress to the tight area, it causes autogenic inhibition (a protective reflex to excessive muscle tension), which causes your muscle to relax. Although the concentrated pressure can be painful, the pain ultimately causes your muscle to release much unwanted tension. Using the foam roller speeds up your muscle’s recovery process and allows you to take the following workout to the next level.