So you have seen a foam roller in the gym or at your physio’s clinic. You may have seen them gathering dust in the corner at your friends house, You may have seen people rolling up and down on a Foam roller with a pained expression on their face, but what is the foam roller actually for?
Well the reason the foam roller is so popular and seen being used by so many people is because they offer a wide range of benefits when used properly and are really cost effective for the benfits they provide.
Unfortunately foam rollers are not going to provide you with 6 pack abs like the awesome machines on the infomercials! But other benefits include:
- Help to improve mobility and joint range of motion
- Reduction of scar tissue and adhesions within muscles and fascia
- Decrease tone of overactive muscles, helping to repair muscular imbalances
- Improved quality of movement due to more functionally efficient muscles
- Cheap and efficient method to fill in the gaps between hands-on sessions of active release technique and/or deep tissue massage
SMR on the foam roller offers an effective, inexpensive, and convenient way to both reduce adhesion and scar tissue accumulation, and eliminate what’s already present on a daily basis. Just note that like stretching, foam rolling doesn’t yield marked improvements overnight; you’ll need to be diligent and stick with it (although you’ll definitely notice acute benefits).
Watch this space for more information on SMR. We will be releasing some tutorials for popular problem areas over the next few weeks. Or CONTACT US for an in depth analysis of what you need to work on.