Nothing like a little foam rolling to relieve a little tension from your muscles! It has helped me and my workouts tremendously!
Foam rolling is essentially self-myofascial release, which is basically a fancy term for self massage. It helps to ✔decrease adhesions and break up scar tissue, ✔ increase blood circulation, ✔ reduce soreness, ✔ improves tissue recovery which ✔ speeds up workout recovery and can help ✔ boost performance!!
If you’ve never tried it, I recommend doing so immediately! Check out our how to post here! ~Dr. Eng
Foam rolling can be used all over the body from the back to the legs and hips and beyond. You can also substitute a lacrosse or tennis ball if you wanted to feel deeper pressure. Foam rolling is typically done on the floor but it also can be done standing against the wall. Many athletes use foam rolling as a self-care technique to manage the minor aches and pains that come with sports. While foam rolling is very beneficial in the short term, it should replace other parts of your fitness routine. It is no substitute for stretching or strength training. Foam rolling, in essence, is a supplementary activity.
One of the things I like best about foam rolling is that it is a relatively simple activity that our patients can do on their own at home to manage symptoms. We focus on giving our patients agency and being as independent as possible. If you have any questions about foam rolling, feel free to email me at [email protected] Happy rolling!