What is a foam roller used for? Why does it hurt?


I’ve visited the Breaking Muscle site, and stumbled across the self -myofascial release, also known as the ‘foam roller’. I’ve been using the foam roller to assist my hip flexors (the muscles that run from your hip to knee on the outside of your leg) become flatter and reduce the tension in my hips.

After several sessions of ‘making love’ to the floor and drenching the gym floor with a pool of sweat and tears, I now can honestly say that this recovery technique has been a huge help to my legs and general posture.

From Breaking Muscle:

Self-myofascial release, also known as “foam rolling,” has transformed from a once mysterious technique used only by professional athletes, coaches, and therapists to a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness. Recent information, technology, and affordable products have introduced an increasing array of training and recovery methods to the average person.

Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This method can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane, or your own hands. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles 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.

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Left photo: Calf bottom. Right photo: Calf top.

Read on for more information and research into how this technique can help you perform better and you can lose it in lycra see the full article at Breaking Muscle

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