I got a confession. I've been stingy with my knowledge. I haven't shared what I know about foam rolling with my clients and how it can benefit them. Now before you start say, "Wow Jerry, YOU SUCK!!!" Give me a chance to come up with a excuse for my reason for holding back. Crap, I don't have. I just have to admit I've been either lazy or used poor time management in programming my clients workouts. I've known about the benefits of foam rolling and how it can help people improve quality of movement but recently started using it with my clients. I first started teaching to a client of mine name Mariah Lee (one of my star clients) and she instantly loved it. She even figured out a way to foam roll her thumb, just kidding. Well, I eventually started teaching my other victums how to foam roll.
Enough with all the ranting, the goal of this blog is to teach you what the foam roller can do for you, give you a video of some popular exercises to use on the foam roller, and some tips on using the foam roller.
Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the expensive price tag.
What the Foam Roller Does
- Increases flexibility in muscles and tendons
- Breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue all which restrict muscle movement, causes pain, and soreness.
- Breaks up trigger points, and soothes tight fasica while increasing blood flow and circulation to soft tissues.
click to view the video on how to use the foam roller ->-> http://youtu.be/8caF1Keg2XU <--<-
Tips for Using the Foam Roller
- Always check with your doctor before using a foam roller for myofascial release.
- Perform foam roller sessions when your muscles are warm or after a workout.
- Keep your first few foam roller sessions short. About 15 minutes is all you need.
- Rest a day between sessions when you start
- Drink plenty of water after a session, just as you would after a sports massage.
- After a few weeks you can increase your session time and frequency if you choose.
Yours in health and performance,
Jerry Babbage CSCS, PES