Foam Rollers – Types and when to use each
Foam rolling is hugely popular at the moment and is recommended for anyone interested in fitness and sport who suffer from any muscle aches. It’s benefits include muscle tightness relief, reduced inflammation, increased flexibility, improve recovery and are great for cooling down and warming up. They’re also affordable, easy to store and portable.
Foam rolling is now being look at as a necessity to include in your training so you can recover faster and get the best of out your body allowing a Myofacial release to the different knots and muscles in your body.
Foam rolling is basically a massage that you can give to yourself. There are different types of foam rollers on the market and it is a good idea to know what the best model is for you and when to use it. If you’re in the gym looking at the different foam rollers or in-store looking to buy your own, have a read through the different types below to give you more of an insight.
Low-density foam rollers
These are lightest and softest foam rollers you can find and are great if you have sore muscles after an intense workout. You can work your way to a firmer foam roller as your muscles recover.
Firm foam rollers
This is the densest foam roller you’ll usually find and perfect for athletes who need a quick recovery time. It offers a deeper concentrated release on the muscles working out knots and trigger points. Remember this will be a more intense workout so if you find it too sore opt for a lower density foam roller. Some people like the added soreness on their muscles so this all depends on what’s right for your muscles when using it.
Bumpy foam rollers
These are probably the most common foam rollers you see. It is designed with some texture and bumps on the foam roller to really dig into your knots and trigger points to get that release. Some muscles like the shoulders have more knots than others so this is great for releasing tension in these areas.
The BackBaller is a foam of a bumpy foam roller with a structured operating system that allows easy control. It get’s teeth into the muscles for an even greater self Myofacial release. You can take foam rolling to the next level with the BackBaller, by putting you in total control over the force applied in an unprecedented secure and comfortable manner. The BackBaller is specifically designed to self-treat muscles in your upper & lower back. Due to the stability & control offered it goes beyond really kneading out those muscle groups.
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue massage intended to support pain relief, increase range of motion, and balancing of the body. Techniques can include manual and self-massage.
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