Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. The popularity of foam rollers unlike other self-massaging instruments, increased because users learned about the role of ‘fascia.’ While it is true that manual therapists who worked with professional athletes are aware that fascial restrictions are cause by these body connective tissues called “fascia”, they are also found all over our body from our head to our toe. These fibrous connective tissues is the one that is instrumental or the framework that help support and protect individual muscles groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit. It also plays an important supportive role by enabling us to perform functional activities like sitting, squatting, jumping, running etc. When this is distorted, it can cause poor blood flow, weakens the impulses of the nerve, flexibility and other ranges of motion becomes limited and a host of other physical ailments. Pain, tightness, and discomfort are caused by the distortion of the fascia. The pulling, torque, and compression on the fascia can happen during heavy workouts.
Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. Pressure applied to specific bodily trigger points help the muscles to recover and return to their normal functions. With this release, the muscles then become elastic again and ready to do their functions.
The trigger point is the point during foam rolling when you feel pain. You can bear this pain although it is very uncomfortable. When done it would make you feel better. The triggerpoint foam roller and the triggerpoint grid form roller are ideal for this procedure.
Stretching alone could not reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movements, but with deep tissue massage, the tightness is the muscles are released despite it being an uncomfortable and painful process. This is the reason why the best foam rollers have thrived on the mass market. The best foam roller or muscle roller sticks can assist in breaking up these muscle knots that can help regain normal blood flow and function too.
How to foam roll properly? What you need to do is to apply first a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle group using a back roller, back foam roller or any other kind of roller and your bodyweight. Foam rolling should be done slowly an inch at a time and it should be roller on the right muscle or the painful one and then take time to relax for a few second before starting again. You should stay on the pressure point until the muscle begins to release its tightness about five to thirty seconds.
The best time to foam roller is after strenuous workouts or after an athletic competition and the muscles are all stiff. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.