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Using the foam roller to loosen the tension in your muscles provides an excellent way of obtaining the benefits of self-myofascial release. By performing Self-Myofascial Release techniques on a simple foam roller, you can improve flexibility, function, performance, reduce injuries by massaging muscles, improving circulation and training intrinsic muscle groups.
Why Foam Rolling : Foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release or self-massage. Athletes and non-athletes alike suffer from muscle tightness, imbalances and “trigger points” that occur when contracted muscle fails to release. These adhesions, or knots, can lead to poor circulation of blood and nutrients to the muscle fiber, which can eventually lead to pain or injury.
When you use a roller to roll along the length of your muscle, you’re helping lengthen and release these “sticky points,” enabling your muscles to return to their original and intended length. Overall results include:
-Improved circulation and delivery of oxygen, nutrients and blood to the muscle. This helps your muscles to function at optimum capacity, to recover efficiently, and to remove waste products effectively.
-Decreased pain and soreness. Many muscle knots are painful! They’re either painful to the touch, or because of where they’re located, they’re painful during movement, which can result in altered range of motion.
-Decreased likelihood of injury. An altered range of motion due to painful knots or a shortening of the muscle fibers due to persistent contraction can lead to muscle imbalances and injury.
-Rolling out the knots and keeping your muscles long and pliable reduces the likelihood of injury.
-Increased range of motion. Regular use of a foam roller can even help you increase your range of motion as you loosen up tight areas and help clear scar tissue.