Top 5 Benefits of Foam Rolling
Whether you’re an athlete, on your feet all day, or sitting at a desk for several hours at a time, your muscles can become sore and tense from the stresses they’re exposed to each day. Foam rolling, known technically as myofascial release, offers five incredible benefits for your body that can keep you healthy, mobile, and at the top of your game.
Foam rolling is just what it sounds like—using a cylindrical piece of dense foam to roll over trigger points in various muscle groups of the body to release tension, ease pain, reduce soreness, and promote recovery. Working these trigger points loose not only increases blood flow to the area, but can relieve chronic muscle pain in areas like the calves, shoulders, and quads—areas that take a beating constantly, no matter what activity we’re performing.
Foam rolling takes a bit of time, a small investment to purchase a foam roller, and can be a bit uncomfortable at first–but consider the top five benefits of foam rolling:
1. Promote flexibility and mobility
Foam rolling major muscle groups releases tension in the fascia (connective tissues that stabilize your muscles) and muscles themselves. Reducing tension means you’ll be able to move easier.
2. Recover faster
The buildup of lactic acid causes muscle soreness after an intense workout; foam rolling the affected muscles helps rehydrate the muscles and prevent or reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
3. Improve range of motion
Studies have shown that foam rolling improves range of motion by working loose trigger points and knots. Improving knee and hip flexion can not only help you perform exercises better, but can also improve basic movements such as bending, kneeling, and lifting if your job requires you to be on your feet all day.
4. Prevent injury
Foam rolling before exercising or manual labour will warm up your muscles in preparation for exertion. This can help you prevent injury because injuries often happen when stiff muscles are exerted beyond their capabilities.
5. Sleep better
Tense muscles make it more difficult to relax when it’s time to wind down for the day. Foam rolling for a few minutes before turning in will help your entire body relax, helping you fall asleep faster.
Our bodies take a beating whether we’re in the gym, at work, or sitting at a desk—but myofascial release is an excellent solution. Foam rolling can benefit your health in many ways, but these top five reasons are reason enough to get yourself a foam roller and start rolling out those muscles!