There are so many benefits to using a foam roller.
Make it a part of your routine and see the improvements for yourself.
What is Myofascial Release
Myofascial release targets the connective tissue that surrounds, primarily, our muscles. When a physical injury or disruption occurs in this tissue, blood flow and the tissue’s elasticity is affected. This can result in increased discomfort or pain, as the muscles cannot move as freely. Connective tissue is very strong, blood flow is required to return that tissue to its original form.
Foam Roll vs. Lacrosse Ball
It is best to combine both foam roll release and lacrosse ball release techniques. The foam roller is a good tool to start with as there is more surface area and therefore less pressure on the muscle and fascia as you roll. The lacrosse ball is definitely more intense, as it is small enough to give direct pressure to the affected area.
Self-release techniques also combine well with active movement. Active movement after releasing your muscles will help enhance range of motion.
Ask your treating therapist for active release ideas.
Note: Self myofascial release can be painful, this does not mean that you are damaging to the tissue. If myofascial release is performed frequently, the discomfort should subside. The connective tissue takes time to break up and become fluid again, so have patience!
Want to roll out, but not sure what techniques to use?
When you buy a large blue foam roller - you will receive our Foam Roll Instruction Manual, which contains photos and descriptions of different release techniques on different body parts.
You can shop in clinic or online at www.southeastphysio.ca/shop