The Understated Benefits of a Foam Roller
Running and functional fitness training, like CrossFit, can be understandably demanding on the body. For that reason, you should invest in a very good foam roller – the benefits are well worth it. Recently we reviewed one of the best foam rollers, the REBEL Rumble-Roller.
Perhaps a foam rollers value is sometimes overlooked because of its simplistic form and application, but don’t knock it until you have tried it – you could be pleasantly surprised about how efficient this therapeutic tool can be. Yes, it may look like a glorified pool noodle, but looks can be deceiving.
The prescription is as follows… you roll specific muscle groups over the roller which mimics a deep tissue massage. Pressure can be adjusted and you can use it to target a particular area, especially an area which is stiff or tight from training.
Here are some of the great benefits of foam rolling…
They are compact
Foam rollers are generally compact and you are able to take them wherever you may go, so you don’t have to worry about it being awkward to carry around. Its compact nature allows you to make use of it wherever you are – even if you’re training away for your gym/box.
It promotes good blood circulation
The massaging motion promotes blood circulation in your skin, muscles, fascia, and pretty much throughout your body. An efficient blood circulation is going to translate into improved cellular function and inter-cellular communication.
It stretches muscles and tendons
In the same tradition of conventional stretching, a foam roller will lengthen tendons and muscles. It also will massage those knots in your muscles. Diligent usage can actually prevent athletes from getting sports injuries. It stretches your muscles in a manner that is similar to how pizza dough is rolled out. Muscles are stretched on the foam roller, and even difficult areas can be easily targeted.
It saves you time and money
Foam rollers can save you a lot of money, as you are getting a very similar result as a sports massage. Those sessions can cost up to about a few hundred Rand for each session. Apart from saving you money, it is a lot more convenient as you don’t have to drive out for a sports massage.
It alleviates stiffness and tension
Making use of a foam roller will alleviate stiffness and tension as it helps breaking down scar tissue. It also helps with the rehabilitation of muscle tissue.
It breaks down lactic acid
After a tough training session, the lactic acid levels in your muscles will rise. That same lactic acid causes muscular pain and cramps, but by using the foam roller after training, it helps break down the lactic acid.
It improves spinal alignment
Regular use could also improve your spinal alignment. It will stabilise the spine and assist by correcting your posture and discourages you from slouching.
As you now know, you can’t go wrong with a good foam roller. Make use of one and reap the immense benefits. Recovery becomes a lot easier and your body thanks you in advance…
Have you used a foam roller before and how have you found its results? Do you have your own foam roller or do you use one at the gym/box?