Foam Rolling – Physiotherapist Explains the Fuss

Why Do Physiotherapists Recommend Foam Rolling?

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique that is used by most athletes to inhibit overactive muscles.  By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function.

Foam rolling has transformed from a once mysterious technique used only by professional athletes, coaches, and therapists to a familiar everyday practice for people at all levels of fitness. The first foam roller was patented in 2005 for use as a therapy tool. The equipment that is used for foam rolling usually consists of a foam cylinder of various sizes. A variety of foam roller densities do exist. Those new to foam rolling, or those who have particularly severe muscles stiffness or trigger points, often start with a softer foam roller.

Six Benefits of Foam Rolling

  • Reduces muscle inflammation
  • Eases muscle pain and soreness
  • Increases blood flow to muscles
  • Increases range of motion
  • Aids in muscle recovery
  • Aids in relaxation.
  • Can help with toxin release
  • Is an excellent addition to stretching

Why does foam rolling hurt?

When rolling or working on tight/sore muscles you will experience discomfort or pain. Think of it like the pain you get while stretching. It should be uncomfortable, but not unbearable, and when you are done it should feel better. It is always recommended to consult with your physiotherapist first if you do have ongoing musculoskeletal problems before you start foam rolling.

The physiotherapist will collaborate with you to decide on your treatment and your recovery goals for return to work or sport. Your treatment program will be designed to help you reach these goals in the safest, fastest, and most effective way possible.

If you have any further questions, feel free to make an appointment with our friendly team at Physio on Ross in Townsville: (07) 4728 2116.


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