5 Simple Reasons I Recommend Foam Rolling
As a massage therapist for nearly 20 years I have come to the simple realization that my clients will benefit more from my work when they develop and adhere to a good plan for self-care.
While there are many excellent tips available for maintaining good health and wellness, in this article I address why I recommend foam rolling to most of my clients.*
Self-Care 101: Foam Rolling
I recommend at least 10 minutes of foam rolling, which is the application of Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) techniques after exercise and/or prolonged periods of sitting or minimal activity. (think travel, sitting at work, or binge watching Game of Thrones)!
Many clients that I have worked with over the years report the following benefits to me when applying the SMR principles by foam
rolling on a regular basis:
● Reduced Soreness/Faster Recovery Following Activity
● Improved Range of Motion In Joints
● Less Pain Associated with Trigger Points
As a practitioner, I have observed all of the above benefits while working with my clients who report to me that they have implemented a plan for foam rolling at least 10 minutes 3x/week:
● Improvements In Soft-Tissue Quality
● A Significant Decrease in Muscular Hypertonicity
Foam rolling is not appropriate for all clients, including those with congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or any organ failure, bleeding disorders, or contagious skin conditions. If clients have medical issues, have them seek the advice of their medical professional before starting SMR or foam rolling activities. For futher information please visit the National Academy of
Sports Medicine’s (NASM) blog.
Side Note: I love the word “practitioner” more and more thanks to Gary Vaynerchuk! BTW-love this “old school” #AskGaryVee Show.
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