Rolling Myofacial Release
Our entire body is supported with connective tissue called, Fascia. Just like anything in our body, connective tissue degenerates and breaks down over time. The degeneration of fascia can be accelerated with repetitive overuse, stress or injury. Using a high-quality foam roller helps increase circulation of oxygen-rich blood flow. Rolling can help with fascia, keeping it from becoming unhealthy. It can help restore your mobility.
How Do I Know if It’s Working?
Always do a test and retest. Perform a movement prior to self-treating and then perform the exact same movement after. This we way we have a comparison to see if we are making real change. Some things to look for are:
Feeling of ease and smoothness in motion
Increased range of motion
In theraputic studies, comparing foam rolling to non-users, the foam roller group experienced a significant increase in range of motion (ROM). A negative correlation was shown between subjects’ force and ROM before foam rolling that did not exist after foam rolling. In a nutshell, this study suggests that self-myofascial release (SMR) of the quadriceps, or potentially any other muscle for that matter, was an effective treatment method to increase range of motion without suffering muscle performance.
Foam rolling works. Not only can it help improve joint range of motion and overall muscle recovery, it does so without sacrificing muscle performance and strength. Perhaps the biggest benefits of SMR are that it can be done entirely by the individual and is very efficient in that it can take as little as 30-60 seconds to target the desired muscle group.
Protects the Spine, Hips, Shins, & Achilles
Cross-Directionally Targets Trigger Points
Naturally Restores Fascia Lubrication
Helps increase Range of Movement (ROM)
Stimulates Oxygen-Rich Blood Flow for Healing
Targeted Joint Relief Roller