Foam rolling has become a popular method of soft tissue massage amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts as it is affordable and easy to access. It is a form of Self Myofascial Release Therapy (SMRT). SMRT is a self completed therapy that is used to decrease painful trigger points. Trigger points occur when muscle tissue is overloaded by overuse and imbalance or injury. For example, running long distances with improper mechanics or ‘limping’ because of a painful knee. These trigger points cause tightness, pain, and improper movement patterns which can potentiate a vicious cycle of symptoms, especially as we age.
Common areas of trigger points are located in the muscle tissue throughout the lower and upper body.
Although SMRT does not replace massage therapy, it is a very popular way of decreasing symptoms in addition to physiotherapy, massage therapy, or chiropractic treatment.
How is SMRT done?
By using your own body weight on a foam roller! When a gentle, sustained pressure is applied on the soft tissues, a myofascial release can be performed resulting in softening and lengthening of the fascia and decreased trigger point sensitivity.
Why foam roll?
Pre Exercise: foam rolling can alleviate muscle tightness, increase joint range of motion, and help prevent the onset of injuries.
Post Exercise: foam rolling after exercise it may help reduce muscle soreness.
Where Can I Learn How to Foam Roll?
Come and join us for the Foam Rolling Class at OSI !