So you’re new to the idea of self- myofascial release tools and using the best foam roller, myofascial release lacrosse ball, and many more self- release tools. This blog will give you a introduction on how to use the foam roller and getting into the routine of taking care of your body. Self- myofascial release techniques are easier than you think! Good information in the mainstream on soft tissue modalities is quite low, the reasoning being is that most don’t understand it or don’t know how to apply it. For all the information out there that endorses it, there’s as much that opposes it.
The scientific method is based on the test-retest method and in this case, that too is the best way to determine whether this modality works for you.Based on experience with clients when applied properly and regularly, we believe it’s a winner! What you see in most gyms and studios are people aimlessly rolling around in awkward positions, with a heavier focus on their IG feeds, rather than hunting for myofascial trigger points. It all comes down to application.
Good movement and mobility comes from mastering T-spine (middle back) biomechanics first. Foam rolling is ideal for improving this function. With most clients having previous muscle imbalances to one side and poor compensatory patterns.The foam roller relieves tension in the muscles, while also lengthening them helping you not only to recover but gain flexibility.
The key is using combination patterns (flexion/rotation) or (Extension/rotation) to get the most out of your T spine and juice up your rolling. Use various osculation techniques, range of motion and controlled rolling over the entire length of the muscle, or somewhere between those continuums. Avoid arching your back too much by keeping the trunk tight, hips on the ground and control your breathing.
Applying this for 3-5 min a day, 5 days a week then retesting whether the trigger points/tightness is better, same or worse is the best way to determine whether this form of self-myofascial release is best suited to you. Stay tuned as we will release how to videos demonstrating how to use the foam roller on our Instagram feeds and you-tube channels in the coming weeks.
- Perform exercises in a slow and controlled manner.
- Stop and rest if you feel dizzy or short of breath and hydrate yourself with water.