Foam Rolling!

Fascia. What a funny word. What is fascia anyways? “Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together. You are about 70 trillion cells all humming in relative harmony; fascia is the 3-D spider web of fibrous, gluey, and wet proteins that hold them all together in their proper placement.”

How is foam rolling connected to fascia? “Abnormal fascia can be the leading cause of chronic pain, reduced flexibility and decreased athletic performance. SMR (Self Myofascial Release) on the foam roller offers and effective, inexpensive, and convenient way to both reduce adhesion and scar tissue accumulation and eliminate what’s already present. Just note that like stretching, foam rolling doesn’t yield marked improvements overnight; you’ll need to be diligent and stick with it.”

Foam rolling is an easy activity to add into your daily routine. The benefits from foam rolling are worth it! It’s simple to learn too! “Roll at a slow pace and actually stop and bear down on the most tender spots. Once the pain in these spots diminished 50% to 75%, roll the other areas. Eventually you will not have sore or painful areas, in which case you roll for ten repetitions as maintenance and prevention. Use the roller prior to physical activity and afterwards to reduce muscle soreness and enhance recovery.”

So really, foam rolling is an important activity to include in your day. It will help you feel better and when active, help enhance your recovery!

 

Anatomy Trains. “Self-Myofascial Release Foam Roller Massage” Anatomy Trains. <https://www.anatomytrains.com/fascia/>


Pain Laser Center LLC. “Self-Myofascial Release Foam Roller Massage” Pain Laser Center LLC. <http://www.painlasercenter.com/Home_Page.html>

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May 4, 2016 · by  · in Clinic News · Tags:

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