In the last few years, foam rollers have exploded in popularity. While seeing that guy at the gym using one may have had you rolling on the floor laughing, you might want to grab a roller yourself next time you're down there and reap the benefits.
Why Should I Use a Foam Roller?
Foam rolling is a method of Self Myofascial Release (SMR), which is just a fancy term for self-administered soft tissue therapy. There are many benefits to this type of therapy including:
- Improved mobility and range of motion
- Reduction of scar tissue and adhesions
- Improved quality of movement
Whether you're a desk jockey or a hardcore athlete, foam rolling can, put simply--help you move better.
Is Foam Rolling Safe?
While there are few safety concerns with foam rolling and SMR, those with recent injuries or chronic pain should proceed with caution. When in doubt, it's always best to ask an expert who can recommend a safe and effective way to incorporate SMR based on your unique needs.
How does Foam Rolling Work?
Much like massage therapy, foam rolling and SMR methods allow us to apply compression to tight muscles, which allows normal blood flow to return and restore healthy tissue. This compression also helps to break down adhesions and scar tissue, which can inhibit healthy movement. Before you try foam rolling for yourself, take a look at this guide to make sure you’re using proper form!
Is Foam Rolling a Replacement for Massage Therapy?
While foam rolling is no replacement for the precise, trained hands of a Registered Massage Therapist, it can certainly complement you're treatment. SMR is a cheap and practical way to add some soft tissue work in between massage therapy sessions.
Think foam rolling would benefit you? Contact Downsview Chiropractic today and ask how we can incorporate it into your personal treatment plan. We're committed to helping you feel your best so you can let the good times roll!