This Is How We Roll

Anyone who has ever experienced muscle soreness can attest, there is nothing fun about being sore. For many frequent exercisers, they are looking for the best way to prevent and treat soreness.  While a foam roller cannot help with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), a foam roller can be a valuable tool for reducing soreness immediately after a hard workout.  

From professional athletes to fitness fanatics, the foam roller is a vital tool in their repertoire. However, there are many ways to misuse a foam roller. First of all, you will want to select a foam roller with the proper density. The density of the foam roller makes all the difference in the world. For someone using a foam roller for the first time, you will want to select a softer foam roller. This will ensure the right amount of “give” in the material. A foam roller that is too dense will cause extreme discomfort and can even cause damage to tissues if used improperly. If you have used a foam roller before but simply aren’t experiencing the relief you’ve come to expect, it may be time to purchase a new roller. The foam roller that I currently use has grooves and knobs to help isolate specific areas. 

If you, like most Americans, carry your tension in your upper trapezius, or between the shoulder blades, a foam roller can provide relief. The key to utilizing the foam roller is to go slow and work your way into it. It is much like working for flexibility. At first, you may not be able to relax as much as is necessary to observe the benefits of a foam roller.  Once you have achieved sufficient relaxation, you will want to find the problem areas throughout your body and spend time on those areas. Once you become comfortable with the foam roller, you will be able to use it to help with flexibility and recovery.  

If you are interested in learning more about how to use a foam roller to take your workouts to the next level and reduce your soreness, contact me via e-mail @ spencer@blackcloverfitness.com or via phone at (402)689-5378.



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