April showers brings May flowers and also lots of outdoor activities. To help us get ready for all of our summer fun, I wanted to share 5 foam rolling techniques you should be doing!
What is foam rolling?
Foam rolling is a way to relieve muscle tightness by performing myofascial release on yourself with a foam roller. By using foam rolling techniques over our problem areas, or trigger point areas, we can break up connective tissue adhesions we have in our muscles. It’s these adhesions that cause our muscles to become stiff and restrict our movement.
Different types of foam rollers
If you’ve never foam rolled before, I would recommend starting with a soft roller so it’s not too painful and they are the most inexpensive. Once you’ve got your foam roller let’s get rolling!
5 Foam Rolling Techniques to Get You Moving
For each one of these foam rolling techniques, you can roll over the area for up to 2 minutes.
Try shifting your body and rotating your legs to target different areas of the muscle while rolling back and forth. If you experience a severe or throbbing pain stop immediately. If you try to push through the pain, you could do further damage to the tissue.
I hope this has helped you learn a bit about foam rolling, and how it can help keep you moving for summer. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at 7203283088.