Health & Wellness
Foam roller: solid, lightweight foam-core exercise and relaxation device commonly used for massage and fitness. There are several reasons why you would benefit from owning or at least using one at your fitness facility.
1) Deep tissue self-massage is much cheaper than Physical Therapy and can be performed by you;
2) Foam rollers efficiently reduce tight muscles by targeting trigger points; and
3) Foam rolling increases oxygen flow which helps muscle recovery & rehabilitation from injury, fatigue or overuse.
Here is how to begin using one. Start with the foam roller on the floor. Slowly roll various areas of your body over the roller, being mindful of any areas that are particularly sore. These areas are where you want to use the weight of your body to gently relax into the foam roller. Move around, rolling over any spots that feel tight. Then, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and eat well. This will help to flush your system and fuel your muscles more effectively. Give it 24-48 hours before focusing on the same area again.
Extra Tip: Tight hamstrings and IT bands (illiotibial bands-run along the outside of your thigh) are one of the number one causes of low back and knee pain). There is a good chance yours are tighter than you think.