Foam Rolling is a self-Myofascial Release technique that is used by athletes and physical therapists. Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscles immobility and pain. Fascia is a thin, tough elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body. Releasing the fascia that surrounds that the muscles (rolling over the roller with your body weight) is healing and there are many health benefits.
Foam Rollers are cylindrical in shape, lightweight, and vary in length, circumference and density. The foam roller’s design provides sensory motor challenges, enhances balance reactions, body awareness, muscles reeducation, dynamic strengthening and flexibility. This piece of equipment has been used in the physical therapy arena for many years and has crossed over into the fitness. I enjoy using it for a Self Massage and increasing my flexibility.
The foam roller, like traditional stretching, is a great tool used for lengthening and elongating muscles. People that are active use the foam roller to alleviate tightness and problematic areas do to their fitness routine.
Adding the foam roller to your fitness routine will increase, Lymphatic and Blood Circulation (especially in tendons and ligaments,) stimulate the stretch reflex in the muscles (muscle tension within the stretching muscle) alleviate soreness from a workout, promotes spinal range of motion. This healing practice can assist in recovering from a workout and enhance the range of motion around a joint. Range of motion is very important as we age. The tendons and ligaments supporting a joint become tighter and less pliable do to age. Foam rolling increases the blood flow to this area, which keeps tissue healthy. Start off 2015 with roll--invest in a roller and notice how wonderful you feel after using it!