5 Reasons Why You Need A Foam Roller

By on March 19, 2018

Foam rolling is a common recovery exercise that’s mostly used by gym goers and those who participate in vigorous sporting activities. Using a foam roller helps to speed up recovery and is an essential part of after care. So what are the benefits to this exercise?

#1 Prevents Build Up Of Scar Tissue

Foam rolling enables you to target specific parts of your muscle, allowing you to put pressure on the areas needed. The targeted pressure on your fascia releases trigger points which relieves pain in the long run, preventing the build up of scar tissue. Scar tissue is built up by a tare of the muscles, or due to the muscles not receiving enough oxygen.

#2 Improves Mobility & Flexibility

As we already know, foam rolling helps to relieve tension from the fascia – which in return relives the muscles of knots and stiffness. Not only does this affect the range of mobility but also causes restriction and joint pain, as well as diminished blood flow to the surrounding areas. Foam rolling releases the tension which allows the muscle to relax and become more elasticated.

#3 Prevents Injury & Speeds Up Recovery

Foam rollers are an excellent and effective piece of equipment for SMR (Self-Myofasical Release). Not only do they release trigger points but they speed up blood flow, which allows for a faster recovery with quicker oxygen delivery to the muscles. Soothing the muscles also reduces tension around the joints which positively impacts performance and cuts down risks of injury.

#4 Saves You Money

Say goodbye to massages! Well, not forever.. But since you can release the tension in your muscles at home with only one piece of equipment, then regular deep tissue massages are no longer needed!

#5 Not Just For Fitness

Foam rollers are great for those with jobs such as office workers or lorry drivers (any job that involves you sitting down for long periods of time). Not only will regular foam rolling help to reduce tension in your lower back and glutes, but overall they can help to improve your posture and conditions such as sciatica.

Top Tips

  1. For areas that’re too sensitive to apply direct pressure, shift the roller around the painful area to gradually loosen the pressure around the surrounding areas.
  2. Try and relax whilst using the foam roller, whilst it might feel discomforting it’s essential that your muscles are relaxed to avoid tension and cramping.
  3. Gradually roll on the area of concern for a couple of minutes with small, slow paced movements instead of large rolls. You want to be targeting certain muscles.
  4. Find a foam roller that suits you. Whilst some foam rollers are smooth we recommend using a textured one which allows for the muscles to be targeted with more pressure.
Emily Singer

About Emily Singer

Strength and Conditioning Undergraduate. Go Nutrition Social Media Assistant.