Foam Rolling..pleasure v pain?

How many of you reading this own a foam roller? Now how many of you use it as a door stop? Hmm, I think I know the answer as so many of my clients when I ask them fess up to not using theirs even though they know they should.
For such a simple product, the benefits are immense. You don’t even have to be a fitness fanatic to reap these benefits.
So what can this essential piece of kit do for you?
First the technical bit: The benefits of foam rolling have to do with the mobility of the fascia. Fascia is a fibrous layer of connective tissue that surrounds all of the muscles in our body. Without proper mobility, fibers of the fascia become cross linked and they bind to muscles and nerves, inhibiting normal motion and causing pain.
Essentially, foam rolling is a form of self-massage, that gets rid of adhesions in your muscles and connective tissue. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.
I won’t lie though, it’s quite an uncomfortable experience. Almost the wrong side of painful and it generally results in a few loud “ouches” being let out, but this is probably the only time I would agree with the saying “no pain no gain”.
So, if you do nothing else before or after your next work out, dust off your foam roller, find a different form of door stop, and start treating your muscles to some tlc!
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