Foam Rolling – 101

…..And I’m not talking about the fluffy white stuff on the top of your beer glass. I’m talking about Foam Rolling. Self-Myofacial Release (SMR)

OK…I’m going to try to keep this simple, because I could get carried away due to my love for foam rolling, but I’ll spare all of you busy peeps who need to find the time to get on your foam roller.

Fascia is a very densely woven, thin sheath of fibrous tissue that wraps around our bones, muscles and organs. A very cool aspect of the fascial system is that it is not a system of separate coverings, but rather one continuous structure that exists from head to toe, without interruption. This helps you realize that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the web of a spider.

Surgical procedures, inflammation and trauma create Myofascial restrictions that can produce a tremendous amount of pressure on pain sensitive structures that won’t show up in X-rays or MRI images. A high percentage of people who are suffering from pain or lack of motion my be having fascial problems but are not diagnosed properly.

Foam rolling is one way to release the tight tissue or muscle and allow your body to have more mobility, which enhances the performance capacity of those muscles. Who the heck doesn’t want a better performing body, just in everyday life?

xo T

 

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