Foam rolling

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Level

  • Light

Muscles Involved

Equipment

  • Foam roller

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Description

Foam rolling or self myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massaging to release muscle tightness and trigger points.

This method can be performed with a foam roller, tennis ball, Thera-cane, or your own hands. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function.
Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Deep compression helps to break up and relax tight muscles and adhesions formed between muscle layers and their surroundings. Imagine you are tenderizing your own muscles. They should be soft and supple like a baby’s muscles. However, if our muscles are not taken care of properly we can experience loss of flexibility, adhesions, and painful movement. The compression allows normal blood flow to return and restoration of healthy tissue.