Speaking the word cellulite is one of the worst words you ever want to hear, yet 90 percent of women confess to having to deal with the annoying condition on their bodies. If you have ever looked in the mirror and bemoaned the sight of these nasty looking dimples on the backs of your thighs, trust me – you’re not alone.
The simple fact that cellulite is so commonplace is why there are so many ‘cures’ and treatments for this condition (with a lot of the treatments falling short). You can find caffeinated this, lotion that, and laser yourself multiple times treatments that claim to rid of cellulite. Something as easy as foam rolling is claimed by famous people to rid of cellulite too, but does it really work?
Foam rolling is essentially a form of self-massage (a myofascial release). Foam rolling can help to kickstart the healing process of hard worked muscles, and potentially reduce the soreness that you might otherwise feel the next day! It feels awful doing it to yourself but essentially it’s like giving your muscles a little massage. It encourages blood flow to the area and lymphatic drainage—by sending fresh blood to the area that’s getting pressure. This encourages the body to recover more quickly and feel better, but does it really reduce cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by pockets of body fat that balloon up to the surface of the fascia, right below the dermis. To get rid of cellulite, the idea is that increasing circulation to the area strengthens the fascia and prevents fat cells from pushing through towards the surface to cause more of that dimpling look on the exterior.
Although foam rolling does help in circulation of blood to the area, one study showed it was effective, but only after a four-hour treatment – no one has time for that.
So what does help? Well, I can guarantee there is no magical cure (unless you want to spend thousands on laser treatments) but keeping up on a healthy diet, firming up your muscles, reducing body fat, boosting blood circulation/blood flow and drinking plenty of water will keep you on the right track.
And foam rolling has a lot more benefits too, so keep that up!