Rollers and implements used for soft tissue work have become very popular in the last decade. They are effective, easy to use, and many people find that it feels good to some degree. I recommend self massage work to all of my clients because everyone has problematic muscles that cannot be fixed by stretching alone. This is often called self-myofascial release, which simply means using an object (or body part) on yourself to loosen muscles or connective tissue like fascia.
In this program you will see the most beneficial ways you can use the foam roller and how they can help you manage pain in specific areas. Here are the biggest benefits of foam rolling:
Soft tissue work is an essential part of health and fitness. From an athletic standpoint it allows you to train more often or push harder on your workouts with decreased risk of injury. It also helps manage pain or discomfort in your daily life. Caused by a sedentary lifestyle, repetitive strain, and the overuse of tech devises, getting these pains and knots out of your muscles can improve your quality of life.
Other Worth While Soft Tissue Tools
Although many implements can be used, I chose to demonstrate using a foam roller in the following videos because every gym has them and many people have them at home. Aside from the foam roller, here are some my favorite self-myofasical/massage implements:
The Most Useful Rolling Techniques
Use these techniques for problematic areas everyday until it becomes healthy and flexible. Often times it takes multiple days of rolling to get an area to really loosen up. You should notice at least a small difference after each session.