Foam rolling is using your own body weight to roll specific muscle groups against a firm foam roller to mimic a deep, gliding massage. With a foam roller, you can control how much pressure you apply to the muscles that you’re working on making it easier to locate and focus on areas that hurt. Because you can use a foam roller just about anywhere, you can ease muscle tension in a relatively short period of time in between treatments.
Foam rolling will naturally improve your circulation of blood through the arteries, veins and capillaries. When the pressure is applied it will temporarily push blood through the various avenues of the body. When the pressure stops, the blood flow resumes its normal pace. When pushing down on the flexible foam, the foam pushes into the muscle and connective tissue releasing the fascia, giving the area more flexibility.
You can use the foam roller for all your major muscle groups. Glide your body over the foam roll to work each area individually, such as the backs of your legs, middle back, or your lower back. Pause at any tender points for ten to thirty seconds before moving on to the next region. Only apply as much pressure as you can tolerate and build up the amount of time you spend foam rolling.
If you don’t have a foam roller and are looking to invest in one, we carry them here in our office. There are two different densities. Speak with your Doctor or Therapist to see what is better for your needs along with instructing you on proper use of the item.
-Written by Mary Gipson, CTA, PT Assistant, Inventory Specialist