What is a Foam Roller and How Do I Use One?

What is a Foam Roller and How Do I Use One?

Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release that can help inhibit overactive or tense muscles. I recommend it especially for areas such as the iliotibial band (IT band), gluteal muscles, and hip flexors, but can be used on other areas as well. It can often be somewhat uncomfortable when doing this technique, but the beauty about using a foam roller is that you can control the amount of pressure you're placing on the area you're working on. Some discomfort is normal and actually necessary to release the muscle tension and adhesions. You should feel some pain and/or tension relief when you stop; kind of like getting a deep tissue massage. Doing this technique allows for the muscles to regain normal function and movement. It also enhances blood flow to the muscle to allow for better healing and more mobility. This is why so many athletes use a foam roller. Not only is it easy to do, but it also gives you more control in your recovery after training hard. Foam rolling can also be used for tension from lifestyle factors, such as sitting at a desk all day.

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