Foam rolling is one of the self-massage techniques people can’t stop raving about, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s fun – and it will make you feel as good as new after a workout. Here are a few health benefits you should keep in mind in case you haven’t tried it yet.
Turns out stretching isn’t the only way to decrease muscle tightness and improve flexibility before your workout. Foam rolling can have a pretty much same effect and lead to an improved range of motion. Stretching and loosening your muscles by using a roller can also increase blood flow and lead to better circulation.
What a better way to treat an injury than preventing it from happening in the first place? Foam rolling will get you there by stopping many injuries associated with tightness and overuse right in their track, by decreasing the likelihood of an improper movement that may lead them.
This form of self-myofascial release can be pretty effective if you opt to perform it post-workout, as well. It will help your body get rid of waste products such as lactic acid, by bringing fresh blood and nutrients to your system. Foam rolling can also be good for your mental health, and help you reduce stress after hitting the gym.