Looking for a simple way to help reduce stress and alleviate muscle soreness? You may want to give foam rolling a try. This easy form of self-massage benefits everything from your posture to your circulation. Here’s what you should know before you get started.
What Is Foam Rolling?
Using a foam roller to massage your body is a form of myofascial release, which can ease tightness in your muscles. It’s an easy way to loosen your muscles post-workout or after sitting at a desk all day. As you’re rolling, keep in mind:
- It shouldn’t hurt. Your muscles will probably be tender at first, so take it easy. But if the pain becomes too much to bear, take a break or opt for stretching your body in different ways.
- Rollers aren’t one-size-fits-all. Just starting out? You might want to opt for a softer roller. Need to target a specific body part such as your feet or lower back? There’s a roller for that.
How to Foam Roll Correctly
Pay attention to your breathing: Exhale while slowly rolling down. Work the roller section by section. For example, focus first on your calves, then your quads, then your shoulders. Aim to complete a quick foam rolling session three times a week.
What Can It Do for You?
There are many benefits to foam rolling, including:
- Increased flexibility
- Reduced stress levels
- Faster muscle recovery
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased circulation
Always remember to pay attention to your body. If you’ve tried foam rolling or other exercises and are still feeling muscle pain, it might be time to seek help from a health care professional.
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