How Foam Rolling Affects Your Body
Foam rolling is a practice that’s becoming relatively mainstream in the fitness world, but not everyone understands what good it does your body. We’re breaking down the ins and outs of foam rolling to help you understand how your body (and muscles) will benefit!
Fascia, the biological fabric that holds us together, forms a sheath over our entire muscular system, a knot in one part of your body can eventually cause dysfunction in another area as your body tries to compensate at the site of the troubled area. When fascia binds up, the ability for glia to help transmit information to an area may be blocked, and pain is often redirected known as referred pain. Referred pain changes how coaches prescribe methods for recovery.
All of my client’s sessions end with at least 10 minutes of recovery via self-myofascial release using a foam roller. You can think of foam rolling like you think of brushing your hair. If you don’t brush your hair, it gets tangled. If we don’t roll out our muscles, they get adhesions.
Adhesions are just muscle ﬁbers that get stuck together causing limited range of motion, improper muscle ﬁring and aches and pains in the body. Our bodies are one big kinetic chain—we may have an adhesion in our calf that’s causing pain in our back. A balanced workout and recovery is key to creating a happy, healthy, mobile, pain free body.
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Hyperice uses vibration to stimulate the nervous system and provide relief in less time—and it actually feels good!
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Thomas W. Myers, the author of Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual & Movement Therapists, is arguably the leading expert on fascia in America. Myers has studied directly with experts including Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller. He has been practicing integrative manual therapy for 40 years, leading him to create the most in-depth education programming for movement professionals.