Vivomed – Benefits of Foam Rolling

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Vivomed – Benefits of Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is often a neglected area of an athletes training routine, a practice which one omits at their own peril. Foam rolling works on myofascial release (applying low intensity forces to soft tissue over a prolonged period of time). Myofascial release will enable contracted muscles to relax, which in turn promotes fresh blood flow & nutrients to the area, accelerating recovery.

Benefits of Foam Rolling
Benefits of Foam Rolling
Benefits
  • Reduces risk of injury by helping to breakdown soft tissue adhesions & scar tissue.
  • Foam rolling is preferred to traditional stretching techniques for injury prevention.
  • Reduced recovery time between workouts.
  • Promotes fresh blood flow & nutrients to the massaged area whilst removing waste products like lactic acid.
  • Fresh blood flow & nutrients provide the fatigued muscles with the fuel they need to recover.
  • Increases range of motion as a result of lubrication/less friction between muscle fibres.
  • Less friction results in improved movement & flexibility.
  • Can save you time & money long term by reducing the risk of injury.
  • Reduces soreness post workout.
  • Improved blood circulation.
When should I Foam Roll?

Foam rolling should be performed both before & after workouts when possible. Foam rolling before a workout ensures the desired muscles groups are adequately warmed up, thus reducing injury risk. As previously mentioned, foam rolling post workout encourages a fresh supply of blood/nutrients to the massaged area whilst removing waste product build up. This allows the fatigued muscles to begin recovering as soon as possible post workout, reducing recovery time.

Where should I Foam Roll?

Almost any muscle group can under go foam rolling & benefit from myofascial release. The most popular massage areas are;

  • IIliotibial band (IT Band)
  • Back
  • Calves
  • Hamstrings

The IT band is often regarded as the most painful area to self massage but can yield the greatest benefits especially in those who are active. Its important to remember that tightness in any muscle group can indirectly lead to pain in another area of the body. A good example is the calves; tightness in this area is often associated with achilles & ankle mobility issues.

The videos below are a great resource, showing different ways to use your foam roller;

Foam rolling is a great way to help improve your overall fitness & wellbeing at a cheap and affordable price. Why not head over to our website HERE where we have a wide range of rollers available to suit your individual needs.

 

 

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