Foam rolling has long been used by professional athletes, physiotherapists and Vancouver chiropractors to release tension in muscle groups in the body and to relieve pain. Foam rolls come in various lengths and densities but are often used with the same result in mind; to promote healthy muscle functions.
A foam roller allows you to control the healing and recovery of your body by assisting your muscles to return to normal function. Healthy muscles are flexible, pliable and pain-free whereas muscles that are tense often feel sore and stiff like a rigid elastic band.
Foam rolling can be seen as a form of a self-massage for your back, legs and hips. However, don’t be fooled… foam rolling can hurt the same way a deep tissue therapeutic massage might, but we promise you that it can be just as effective. No pain, no gain, right?!
So, what are the benefits of foam rolling? Here are 8 reasons why you should incorporate foam rolling into your daily routine:
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve back or hip pain by releasing knots and muscle tension
- Aid muscle recovery following workouts
- Improve circulation by flushing the lymphatic system
- Relieve stress
- Improve performance by warming up muscles before a workout
- Boost energy
- Prevent sports injuries by keeping muscles pliable
Rolling is recommended for everyone who would like to experience the above benefits, especially those spending long days sitting at home or in the office. Foam rolling is an excellent compliment to chiropractic adjustments and takes only 10-15 minutes. Using a foam roller can easily be added to your daily routine either before or after workouts or simply as a mid-day “stretch”.
A few things to avoid is rolling where you feel pain, rolling too fast or using a foam roller for way longer than necessary. Please talk to your Vancouver chiropractor before starting to ensure you are using your foam roller correctly. Book a consultation with Jassal Chiropractic to learn more!
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Disclaimer: Information contained in this blog post is for educational and general purposes only and is designed to assist you in making informed decisions about your health. Any information contained herein is not intended to substitute advice from your doctor or other healthcare professional.