If you’re not using a foam roller, we have one question for you: why not? Maybe you don’t know how to use it, or what it’s for. Maybe you’ve watched someone roll on top of it while cringing and biting their lip and wondered “Why would someone do that?!” Maybe you just don’t buy the hype. So to answer your burning questions, here are three quick responses:
Yes, it hurts a little!
Yes, it works!
And yes, you should be doing it!
Foam rolling has become the way to perform self-myofascial release—a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. Basically, by applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to help your muscles recover. Of course, getting a deep tissue massage is a nice way to go too, but it takes a lot of time and gets very expensive. For as little as $25 you can find a basic foam roller and in 10 minutes begin that well-needed release your muscles need to stay pain-free. Let’s look at the awesome health benefits of foam rolling before we get into six basic foam roller moves to loosen your tight muscles.
Health Benefits Of Using A Foam Roller
Foam rolling has gained popularity in recent years as more research reveals the incredible benefits it provides for the body. Here are just seven science-backed benefits to take note of.