Have You Foam Rolled Lately?
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended for pain relief, increasing range of motion and balancing the body. From exercising, knots can build up in the myofascial tissue causing restriction of blood flow and improper movements which can lead to dysfunction in the kinetic chain. Self Myofascial Release (SMR), a.k.a. foam rolling, can help break up the knots, allowing for proper blood flow and proper functioning of the muscle.
A few things to keep in mind when conducting SMR (or foam rolling):
- Remember to breathe! Proper breathing will allow your muscles to relax. Tenderness and inflammation may occur in the tissue, so tightening up may not allow you to release pressure.
- SMR can be done before, during, or after your workout.
- SMR lengthens the muscle without decreasing the strength of the muscle.
- Most tightness in your muscles can be relieved through proper SMR techniques.
- There are several different density foam rollers to choose from, so be sure to select one that suits your needs.
- As with anything, stay consistent and it will improve.
If you have any questions about the information above or about which foam roller may be best suited for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!