Why is Foam Rolling Important?

We all understand that exercise is important for our health, now we need to learn that recovery is just as important. Making sure our muscles are prepared to handle the training we are doing is essential to maintaining progress and performance.

Foam rolling is not only being used as a rehabilitative strategy, but also as a way to prevent muscle fatigue and soreness. Myofascial foam rolling works to relieve built up tension in the fascia that surrounds the muscle, which can make us stiff and sore. If this tension is not dealt with, it can potentially cause a future injury. Foam rolling will help the muscles and fascia become flexible so they receive proper circulation.

One of the best reasons to foam roll is to prevent fatigue and soreness, also known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Foam rolling after training can significantly decrease muscle soreness, which can reduce pain going into a recovery session or your next workout.

Important Area to Foam Roll

Glutes & IT Band – If you’ve had a tough leg day or you’ve been on your feet for a long time you will sometimes have tightness in these areas. Foam rolling the outer thigh and glutes can really help to alleviate pain and will help you recover faster.

Upper Back – Your upper back and shoulders tend to carry a lot of tension, especially if you sit at a desk all day. Foam rolling this area can help improve mobility and range of motion in your shoulders, which will help reduce pain.

Calf Muscle – These muscles can become very tense, which can radiate from your feet all the way to the back of your knees. Foam rolling can improve range of motion at your knee and help with any discomfort that might be building up from being on your feet.

If you need help with foam rolling or it doesn’t seem to be helping, you can contact the kinesiology team at Fleming Fitness, injury rehab specialists. We can help determine the root of your pain and produce a plan to get you back to feeling your best. Contact us to learn more about the Ottawa and Kingston kinesiology services we offer!

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