This month I am talking about foam rollers. This is a simple piece of kit; it is a cylinder shaped piece of foam, which can be used for Myofascial release and massaging tight muscles. I am promoting this for all my sports massage patients to aid the benefits of a sports massage, between sessions.
The foam roller not only assists to stretch muscles and their tendons, but can also help to breakdown adhesions in the tissue as well as scar tissue. By using your own body weight on the roller you can perform a basic self – massage. This can release trigger points soothe sore muscles whilst increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissue.
How does it work?
The principle is simple you use your body weight to apply pressure against the foam roller. You can reduce the intensity of this pressure by offsetting your body weight through your hands and feet, as seen below.
To accompany this article there is now a step-by-step guide to each stretch, using the foam roller available (pinned to the board in the gym). The foam roller is available from reception on request. If you require further assistance with the use of the foam roller talk to the gym staff or come and have a chat next time you see me in the gym.