Up On Top Answer’s Foam Rolling Questions
Answers to Up on Top Foam Rolling Questions
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"Athletes and people with muscle pain are confused about the proper uses of a foam roller and the process to do foam rolling to prevent injuries and get maximum benefit of the foam rolling exercise, often ask these basic questions. We have, therefore, decided to provide the answers to clear any confusion amongst the consumers regarding foam rolling" stated Up On Top spokesperson Andy Smith.
It is recognized that foam rollers have the same effects as a deep-tissue massage. Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique to inhibit overactive muscles. This form of stretching utilizes the concept of autogenic inhibition to improve soft tissue extensibility, thus relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle.
Elevated Sports foam roller can be used on trigger points. Trigger points are specific "knots" that form in muscles. They are unique and can be identified because they will refer pain. Pain referral, for our purposes, can most easily be described as the pain felt when pressure is applied to one area of the body, but the pain is felt or radiated in another area. A common example of a trigger point is felt while foam rolling IT bands as it causes pain to radiate up to the hip or all the way down the leg to the ankle. 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.
The best way to use a foam roller is to apply pressure using the foam roller and body weight on a specific muscle or a specific group of muscles. While doing the roll, one should do it slowly and move approximately at 1 inch a second. If a particular area feels highly painful or tight, pause on that area for a few more seconds. It should help in relieving the knots formed in a muscles and the pain should lessen in about 10 to 30 seconds.
If the pressure cannot be applied to the painful area directly, one can always apply pressure on the surrounding area to start working the muscles. Once the surrounding muscles are tenderised, move on to the exact area and apply pressure on those muscles. People using Elevated Sports foam rollers should always keep in mind that the objective is to relieve pain and not build pain tolerance. Therefore, if the pain does not subside, a meeting with a physician should be fixed.
Foam rollers can be easily used for stretching as well. It increases the range of motions for performing a hamstring stretch. One can rest the foot on the roller or can rest their arm on the form roller to get extra support.
Elevated Sports foam rollers are also excellent massagers. After a busy day, one can take off the shoes and use foam rollers for a foot massage. To perform the massage, one needs to stand under the arch of the foot on the foam roller. This will put gentle pressure while leaning forward. Leaning backwards will release the pressure and the built up stress almost immediately.
Foam rollers are inexpensive and with a bit of experimentation you can target just about any muscle group. The latest style of foam roller, the Elevated Sports Foam Roller, has a unique design and construction that provides a more targeted trigger point self massage.
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