A lot of fitness equipment, in today’s fitness scene is underrated. While a few are overlooked, a few are completely ignored. One such tool is the foam roller. Though it is not something that’s been invented in the past few years; it is still relatively new to Indian gyms. In fact, a majority of the gyms in our country still don’t have this small yet useful piece of foam that plays an important part in your recovery. Read on to find out how!
What Is A Foam Roller And Foam Rolling?
A Foam Roller is a tube like roller measuring the length of your forearm. Foam Rolling is a self-myofacial release technique (massaging the muscle tissue) used by physical therapists and athletes to maximize muscle recovery.
What Does A Foam Roller Do?
When the muscle is grasped at a specific position due to inactivity or when it’s overused by repetitive movements, collagen can form in-between the layers of skeletal muscles. This results in adhesions that restrict the ability of the muscles to slide from one another. Repetitive movements further create tissue tension and muscle tightness that ultimately reduces the scope of motion of the muscle. This further reduces the flexibility in the muscle tissue. Another problem that occurs although you perform any motion is the tightness of one segment of your muscles around a joint. So when you perform a motion, it is because a number of muscles that are involved in it actually move. Now, when one segment of muscle is tighter due to repetitive movement with weights, an additional segment does not exert the same amount of force for optimal motion. A Foam Roller is used to get rid of this problem and to avoid this situation in your muscle tissue. Foam Rolling can release the myofacial tightness that leads to proper balance of competing forces around a joint. Foam Rolling helps you to break up collagen adhesions and realign the tissue to allow the layers to slide from one an additional in an unrestricted manner. Breaking up adhesions helps to reduce muscle tightness and improve joint Range Of Motion.
When To Use It?
Foam Rolling can help you in minimizing the hazard of the new collagen-forming adhesions between muscles and it can further increase the speed of post-exercise recovery. So, it makes sense to perform a round of foam rolling after your workout to speed up your recovery process and to reduce DOMS. Using a foam roller ahead of your workout for myofascial release concurrently a warm up may help reduce tension and will further elevate muscle temperature making them ready for a workout. It will further include the capability of your muscles to contract ahead when you train them.
What Does The Research Say?
A study conducted by the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s, Canada clearly states that ‘Foam rolling effectively reduced DOMS and associated decrements’. A review of 14 study article published in National Centre for Biotechnology Information states that, ‘ The results of this analysis suggests that foam rolling and roller massages may be effective interventions for enhancing joint ROM and pre and post exercise muscle performance.’ Therefore, foam rolling is not merely a fad but a practice backed by science.
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry after 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.