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6 Foam Rolling Benefits
Did you know that using foam rollers can help temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite?
Working out regularly will help you hold on to your flexibility, mobility, and independence. And using a simple tool may improve this grip on fitness by priming the muscles and making your workouts more effective.
There is no easy way to say this: Foam rolling can be extremely painful, especially during the first few days. If your fascia(band or sheet of connective tissue beneath the skin) is tight, or you have a lot of muscular knots, foam rolling can be tough as you work through it, but eventually, you will be able to foam roll with ease and make the most of all of its benefits in your daily life. The benefits of foam rolling could range from warming up your muscles to actually helping you recover faster after a workout.
1. Reduce muscle soreness
Foam rolling can be beneficial for easing sore muscles and reducing inflammation. Foam rollers help reduce soreness after an exercise session to promote the recovery process. The natural inflammation that occurs during the tissue-repair process combined with a lack of movement after an exercise session could be a cause of muscle adhesions. If tissue is not moved properly during this repair process, the collagen could bind between layers of muscle creating adhesions. Using a foam roller after exercise can help minimize the risk of the new collagen forming adhesions between layers. Massaging the muscles increases blood flow — and thus oxygen — to the tissue which can aid the natural healing process.
2. Increase range of motion and improve flexibility
Foam rolling, together with stretching and rehabilitation, can help lengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility. This means you can stretch your muscles more when required, allowing you to perform exercises more effectively. A combination of foam rolling and static-stretching is most effective for increasing range of motion compared to static stretching or foam rolling alone.
3. Temporarily reduce appearance of cellulite
Foam rolling can help loosen and break up your fascia. Fascia are the body’s connective tissues and contribute to the appearance of cellulite.The connective tissue brings in fresh oxygenated blood every time you get on the roller, to bring in circulation and smoothen out that density and wring out the toxins. Once you’ve gotten rid of the density and the thickness, the muscles are more activated underneath, and once those muscles come back to the surface, you see more of that beautiful tone.
In order to see the cellulite-busting effects of rolling, “consistency is key.” We also suggest combining foam rolling with dry brushing. When you dry brush it helps tremendously because you get rid of dry skin, but it also helps with the lymph system. If you keep doing that regularly you will totally see a difference.
4. Manage fibromyalgia symptoms
Foam rolling can be very beneficial, by releasing the pain caused by tight fascia muscles and muscle knots, people with fibromyalgia can move with more ease. They experience a reduction in stiffness, joint pains, muscle aches and general physical discomfort. However, there are a couple of really important things to know before you begin foam rolling practice if you have fibromyalgia.
5. Increase blood flow
The pressure from rolling can help increase blood flow and elevate heat in the involved tissue. Using foam rollers helps reduce tightness and increase joint ROM, which is important prior to a challenging workout. When using a foam roller during a warm-up, be sure to use it only for a brief period of time to elevate tissue temperature and reduce tension. Applying pressure with a foam roller for an extended period of time could desensitize the muscle and affect its ability to contract during the workout.
Foam rolling could also improve your workouts by literally warming your muscles. The friction induced by foam rolling on targeted muscles might also help to increase the temperature of the fascia and muscles. Warming up your muscles before exercise helps loosen up the tissues and joints and increase the range of motion—which helps you move better during your workout and protect you from injury.
There are various types of foam rollers available and different techniques that have to be used when using the foam roller.
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