How can rolling on a piece of foam wrapped around a cylinder be all that beneficial? Foam rolling is often described as a form of “self-myofascial release. The fascia refers to connective tissue that binds and stabilizes the muscles. By massaging it the fascia some studies claim that you can improve your muscles’ range of motion, boost blood circulation throughout that area, and relieve some tightness or knots in your muscles. Other studies claim that foam rolling your muscles may only be reducing out stress and quieting your body’s pain-detection centers, instead of actually loosening your muscles due to not enough force you as a human can apply to your own body.
When it comes down to it, both studies show that foam rolling in beneficial, in one way or another. It is suggested when you foam roll take about two to three sets of foam rolling lasting between 30 and 60 seconds per muscle. This amount seems to be great for reducing pain and improving flexibility overall. If you are someone that likes to foam roll before a workout, the foam rolling will be beneficial in boosting your range of motion in your exercises. If you are someone that likes to roll afterward, then foam rolling is good for preventing soreness.
All in all, foam rolling is great to add into your stretching routine and is beneficial for:
Helps You Recover Fast
Removes Lactic Acid in Recovery
Not Just For Workout:
Foam rolling is great for those who sit all of the time too. It is a great tool to use to help stretch out the hips and groin.
Foam rolling is all about being slow and steady.