Foam Rolling Lats: How To and Why It’s Important

Foam rolling lats isn’t as uncomfortable as it may look!

The lats (also known as the latissimus dorsi muscle) is a large muscle located on your back, and like other muscles it can become strained and leave you in a lot of pain. This is why lats foam rolling is an important part of recovery as the muscle is so big and is used so regularly, as it is actually involved in nearly every movement of the shoulder. It also connects to the spine and assists with lower back movements, as well as supporting your breathing during inhaling and exhaling!

Using a foam roller on your lats is so important for weightlifters and athletes as it can relieve sore muscles and help prevent injury. It is also incredibly effective for those who suffer from back pain regularly. A Pulseroll vibrating foam roller can be used as a self-massage tool for your back in the comfort of your own home. Using the unique combination of pressure and vibration it will and help loosen the muscle, increase blood flow and flush away lactic acid.

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Try this foam rolling lats exercise to ease the pain:

  •  Lay down on your side and place your foam roller underneath your armpit at the top of your lats.
  •  You can extend the arm that’s closest to the ground above your head so it’s in a straight line with your body.
  • Both legs can be straight or you can bend one at 90 degrees if this is more comfortable.
  • Lift yourself up onto the roller and start to roll gently down the body.
  • With a vibrating foam roller you can find pressure points and hold for 30 – 60 seconds, letting the vibrations work deep into the muscle.
  • Gently lean from side to side in more of a rocking motion rather than rolling.
  • Repeat on the other side.

Another option in performing this exercise is to lay on your back and place both hands behind your head. Using a long foam roller, place it across the width of your back under your armpits. Then simply lean from side to side, finding those trigger points.

Performing this foam rolling lats exercise regularly will result in short term pain relief. You will also notice yourself becoming more flexible as well as your overhead range of motion improving!

So give it a try today and experience the benefits!