If you consider yourself someone who is often wondering what the point of using a foam roller is, what foam rolling does, and are they actually worth the money, then this blog is perfect for you.
Read on to discover the benefits of foam rolling and how it can aid your training and recovery, whether you’re a pro in the gym or just like a Saturday morning run, you will definitely find a routine that works for you.
What are the benefits?
- Increased flexibility
- Increased mobility
- Ease muscle soreness
- Helps prevent future injury
- Increases oxygen to the muscles
What does this mean for you?
Increasing flexibility doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll suddenly be able to do a back bend into the splits! It means your muscles will generally feel much less tight, which will help you perform your workouts with better and safer form.
Increasing mobility by foam rolling means easing tension and knots in the muscle, which will allow soft tissue to operate correctly, therefore increasing range of motion and improving workout performance. After completing a tough workout your muscle tissue can tear, which is often the cause of the soreness and pain you feel a couple of days later (often referred to as DOMS). Foam rolling helps to repair the tissue faster and ease the inflammation.
Using a foam muscle roller can help to prevent injury as you’re essentially breaking up tight spots in the muscle, helping to prevent them from becoming prone to injury in the future. Although, this only works if you use the foam roller regularly. Through myofascial release, a foam roller can encourage oxygen flow to the muscles which improves overall circulation.
Myofascial release refers to a technique where pressure is applied to the muscle to ease pain by relaxing contracted muscles and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.
How is a vibrating foam roller different?
Using vibration technology in a foam roller takes your recovery to the next level! The vibrations get deep into the muscle so you don’t need to physically roll as such to get the same result. You’ll notice on a standard foam muscle roller it will often have huge ridges and bumps, which can make it quite painful to use as it may irritate soreness further.
Pulseroll vibrating foam roller has a much smoother design which is less harsh on the muscle but does the same job, as the vibrations get deep into the muscle so the ridges don’t have to. Check out our vibrating foam rollers and the full product range in our shopping hub!