Regularly using a Foam Roller – especially a deep tissue massage roller – offers many of the same benefits as a sports massage, including reduced inflammation, scar tissue and joint stress, as well as improved circulation and improved flexibility.
Essentially, foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that gets rid of adhesions in your muscles and connective tissue. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.
1) Prevents Injury & Helps You Recover Fast
Learning the finer points of self-myofascial release could help you train harder and look better while also reducing injury.
2) Breaks Up Scar Tissue
Breaking up scar tissue and adhesions between the skin, muscles and bones is crucial for a healthy body.
3) Improves Mobility And Flexibility
Improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles. … plus some forms of arthritis, can benefit from mobility exercises.
4) Removes Lactic Acid To Aid Recovery
Lactic acid build up is what causes our muscles to be sore after a long workout. By reducing the lactic acid in muscle tissue, you’ll feel less pain and a quicker recovery time.
6) Can Be Used As A Workout Tool
Thanks to Lauren Roxburgh with Yahoo Health watch this video to see how to turn your foam roller into an exercise tool to promote core and glute strength.
7) Not Just For Fitness – For Desk Jockeys Too!
Think of it this way: the muscles that are contracted all day while sitting at a desk have developed knots in them. These knots (or adhesions) limit the range of motion of your joints and muscles, which also decreases circulation. Imagine it like a tangle or knot in a Slinky. Putting pressure on those knots with a foam roller or other SMR tools like a lacrosse ball will help massage the knot out so the muscle group can return to its intended length.
Watch this video to learn the do’s and don’ts of foam rolling.