Why I Love My Foam Roller

This is Melissa, one of Dustin’s bloggers.

A foam roller is a great (and inexpensive) tool to release tight muscles.  Using one is like getting a massage without the high price tag.   You can use a foam roller to release a tight IT band, help relieve shin splints and increase flexibility and range of motion among other things.  The basic principal is to use your own body weight to apply pressure to the muscles and soft tissue to lengthen and relax them.  Lay the body part you want to work on the foam roller and use your body weight to apply pressure as you roll.  You can use your hands and feet to balance and adjust the amount of pressure applied.  Below is a short video I did showing you some of my favorite techniques.

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This is great to do after a hard workout.  I find it significantly reduces the onset of muscle soreness after a workout.  When you first start using a foam roller you may feel some discomfort, adjust your pressure if it is too painful.  As always, before starting this please consult your physician if you have any vascular or chronic pain issues.

What is your favorite exercise tool?

Comments

  1. Deb Pederson says

    Awesome! Where did you get your foam roller and how much do they cost. I really need one of those to stretch my chest and shoulders out every day. It was one of the things we did in PT. Thanks!

  2. Hey Deb,
    I ordered my on-line for around $20. I’ll have see if I can find which site I ordered it from. Make sure you get a 36″ long one so you can lay on it lengthwise.

  3. Kathleen Larsen says

    OMGOSH great post! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my foam roller too. It completely repairs my tightness after a workout, and feels soooooooooooooooo good. Pain, but good pain. Thanks for the video too!

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