What Is A Foam Roller, How Do I Use It, And Why Does It Hurt?
Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points.
uscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice. In other words you might feel less of a crock!
Do I have trigger points?
Why am I doing something that hurts?
For many, deep tissue massage is easy to understand. Ideally someone is able to work out the knots in your muscles, and it is commonly known this process may be uncomfortable and at times painful. Self-myofascial release provides the user the ability to control the healing and recovery process by applying pressure in precise locations, because only you can feel exactly what is happening.
Releasing trigger points helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement, and ultimately, to enhance performance.
What causes trigger points and tight muscles?
How does self-myofascial release work?
So how do I foam roll properly and safely?
- To foam roll properly, apply moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle group using the roller and your bodyweight.
- You should roll slowly, When you find areas that are tight or painful, pause for several seconds and relax as much as possible.
- You should slowly start to feel the muscle releasing, and after 5-30 seconds the discomfort or pain should lessen.
- Never roll a joint(not that type of joint!) or bone.
- Avoid rolling your lower back. To target these muscles I recommend using tennis or hockey balls.
- If you are having issues with your neck, refer these issues to an appropriate professional, as these areas they can be more sensitive and require more advanced expert attention.
- Ask one of our instructors for some help!
What should expect after foam rolling?
Happy foam rolling!