Benefits of the Foam Roller
Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique. It can help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation, and increase your joint range of motion. Foam rolling can be an effective tool to add to your warm-up or cooldown, before and after exercise.
1. Eases Muscle Pain
Foam rolling can be beneficial for easing sore muscles and reducing inflammation. Studies have sown that there is a decrease in the delayed-onset muscle soreness ( the next day pain) when a person foam rolls after exercising.
2. Increases Range of Motion
Foam rolling may help increase your range of motion. Range of motion is important for flexibility and performance.
3. Relieves Back Pain
SMR on the foam roller is good for easing pain in the body. It helps ease tension in the low back and cervical spine, too. It’s important to take care when using a foam roller on the back, however. It’s easy to strain or injure your back further. The therapist will discuss precautions, alignment and things to look out for.
4. Manages Fibromyalgia Symptoms
SMR has shown promising results for the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms. Studies show that fibromyalgia patents who used the foam roller for 20 weeks felt better and had less pain intensity, fatigue, stiffness, and depression than those who didn’t try SMR techniques. They also reported an increase in their range of motion.
When the fascia (a membrane that covers muscles and tendons) remains tight and knotted for periods of time, the fibro body actually adapts to this as it’s normal state of being. Myofascial release and Self myofascial release can be a very effective tool for fibromyalgia pain.
5. Helps you to Relax
Many people find foam rolling to be relaxing. Breaking up tightness in your muscles may help you feel less tense and calmer as a result. But little evidence exists to show that foam rolling helps with relaxation. Studies have shown to decrease stress in women after exercising
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