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If you suffer from post muscle soreness, DOMS, then read this article by Aston Villa's osteopath, Ben Barker, on why and how you should use a foam roller in your workout!
Why and How to Use a Foam Roller in Your Workout
Self-massage with a foam roller has become vital step in many post exercise recovery routines to help relieve muscle tension and soreness. Because, whether you skip a cool down or the obligatory stretches, you may still be left with muscle soreness.
With many gyms now offering clients the chance to use foam rollers, and retailers also picking up on this trend, foam rollers have become available to not only the fitness elite, who may already have been in the know, but also to those who may not know about the benefits of self massage.
Using a foam roller can greatly help to aid your post workout recovery, however understanding how to use self-massage and the best practices are essential before you begin to really make the most of this excellent piece of equipment.
What is Foam Rolling?
Foam Rolling is also known as a Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) massage technique which helps to release tightness found in muscles and the fascial. The Fascial is the part that surrounds individual as well as groups of muscles.
A foam roller is used in SMR to apply pressure to specific body parts and areas of pain to help relieve tension. The area of tension and pressure required, will dictate the foam roller you use. If you are new to foam rolling, then starting with a small foam roller can help you to get used to the rolling motion initially, before increasing in size if or when required.
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