Should I Be Foam Rolling?

You’ve probably seen it. Those people at the gym, rolling around on the floor with a giant cylinder thing, and wonder “what in the world are they doing?” Well, it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon too, because foam rolling really can change your life. And if not your life, it can at least change your workout.

Foam rolling, or self-myofascial release, as it’s technically called, is like a deep tissue massage for your muscles. It’s a type of soft-tissue therapy that focuses on connective tissue called fascia. Fascia is tissue that connects with your muscles, bones, and ligaments to provide support throughout your entire body. When it works properly, fascia is elastic and can stretch and move as one with the rest of your body. However, many times, due to intense workouts, poor posture or movement patterns, stress, and lifestyle factors, fascia can tighten and become stiff, restricting movement and even causing pain.

Unfortunately, conventional stretching on its own doesn’t always release tight fascia. Direct pressure from a massage therapist, or a tool like a foam roller, or even a lacrosse ball, is needed to release those tight muscles and tissue. It’s important to have muscles and fascia supple and elastic for proper muscle movement and function.

Benefits of foam rolling is improving range of motion, relieves soreness for the muscles, relaxes and lengthens muscles, and corrects muscle imbalances.

By improving your range of motion, you can perform better and get better results in your workout. The knots in your body can be rolled out so that you can go deeper in each movement of exercise. Soreness can really be bad the day and the second day after a workout so by foam rolling you can relieve not all but a lot of soreness by digging into the areas of your body that you trained. You can increase circulation to your muscles, and with better circulation and oxygen you can recover faster.

It helps correct muscle imbalances by relaxing the overactive, tight muscles, and allowing for proper movement to strengthen the weak, under active muscles.

So, with all of that said, try out the foam roller for 10-15 minutes before you workout every day. I never said it would feel good, but it will be the difference maker in your workouts!