Constantly suffering from a ‘knot’ within your calf? Is that niggle within your ITB holding you back your PB? Considered foam rolling……..
Foam rolling is vastly becoming a popular technique to self-stretch and self-massage for today’s high level athletes. However this instrument is also a necessary technique for even the most sedentary of individuals.
To understand why this method works, we must acquaint ourselves with ‘fascia’. Fascia is primarily a connective tissue that wraps itself around muscles, bone, tendon, and blood vessels in order to connect them all together. When fascia become adhered to another soft tissue producing (what is known in laymen terms) a knot, causes pain, reduced flexibility and discomfort. These adhesion’s occur for a number of different reasons, such as; poor exercise technique, over-use, under-use, not enough stretching, etc. What ever the reasons maybe a way to rid these areas of pain, we must achieve myofascial release, which can be conducted by acupuncture, massage or stretching. However a cheaper, more accessible option is available.
Foam rolling is performed by an individual applying their body weight on to the sore area and then through a roller. The individual then rolls back and forth in rhythmical motion to both stretch and massage the tissue. The tissue is then broken down by increasing blood flow into area. Foam rolling is not for the faint of heart, this technique is tender to perform, but “no pain, no gain”.
Pathologies treated through foam rolling:
- Piriformis syndrome
- ITB syndrome
- Shin splints
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