Foam Roller: What It Is, How To Use It, And Why It Hurts

Your ultimate guide to a foam roller.

Foam Roller

Ever wondered what those cylindrical things people roll on in the gym are? Depending on your perception, people on the roller could look stupid or really cool. There are chances you might have wanted to try it out for yourself but had no idea how to go about it.

If the above situation describes you, you’ve come to the right place. Self-myofascial release, also known as foam rolling, is a form of self-massage used to release muscle tightness, muscle knots and activate trigger points.

Why Do You Need A Foam Roller?

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Before we get into what a foam roller is, let’s understand why we need it in the first place. Training, flexibility, movement patterns, posture, nutrition, hydration, rest, stress, and other lifestyle factors can contribute to a formation of muscle knots.

While your body is always recovering after workouts or anything you throw at it, there comes a point when the rate of recovery is slower than the rate at which you exhaust your muscles. This is a place you don’t want to be.

Self-myofascial release can work wonders when you’re looking to build muscle or getting better flexibility and mobility. Deep massaging with a foam roller can help break up and release tense muscles and muscle knots formed between muscle layers and their surroundings.

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This deep tissue massage helps in the restoration of the healthy muscle tissues as it improves blood flow in your body. This is good news as you perform at your optimal levels when your muscle and tissue health is on point.

Find out what exactly a foam roller is on the next page…