The idea of foam rollers is simple: using your own bodyweight and agility you roll specific muscle groups against a firm foam roller to mimic a deep massage. You can control how much pressure you apply and you can locate and focus on problematic areas.
- They improve blood circulation throughout your skin, muscles, fascia and even tendons and ligaments.
- More efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level.
- Lengthening of short, tight muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- Better posture, stronger core.
When we experience pain or stiffness around weight-bearing joints (hips, knees and spinal joints) a very effective approach is to increase the blood circulation around the problematic area through deep pressure work and stretches.
Sometimes short and tight muscles and ligaments are the root cause of pain and stiffness in the joints.
Some foam rollers and softer, others harder. However it is always you, who controls the pressure that you put on a certain area.