Foam rollers or foam rolling sports massager are the latest trend in health and fitness. When the role of ‘fascia’ became known to users of self-massager instruments, the foam roller became popular. 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. These tissues also help support the body by enable us to perform functional activities like sitting, squatting, jumping, running etc. A distortion of the connective tissues cause poor blood flow, weakens the impulses of the nerve, and flexibility and other range of motions become limited and the body experiences other physical ailments. Pain, tightness, and discomfort are caused by the distortion of the fascia. Fascia’ could either be pulled, torque, and compress especially during heavy workouts.
Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. By applying pressure to specific trigger points on your body, you are enabling your muscles to recover or return to it to its normal function. You will then have elastic muscles that are ready to perform again.
A common example of a trigger point is the point of pain that you will feel while foam rolling. It is that kind of pain that is uncomfortable but at the same time bearable. You will feel better after the process. The triggerpoint foam roller and the triggerpoint grid form roller are ideal for this procedure.
For many, deep tissue massage is a process that though uncomfortable and at times painful it is the best way to release those disencumbered tightness and helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement that stretching alone could not do. The muscle roller and other foam rollers are very popular today because of its effects. The best foam rollers or muscle roller sticks can help in breaking up muscle knots to help in normalizing blood flow and function.
What is the best procedure in using foam rollers 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 for five to thirty seconds until the muscle begins to release its tightness.
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.