- 90cm long foam roller
- 15 cm diameter
- Dense foam
- Embossed surface
- Designed to carry out the myofascial auto-release technique
- It resists intense and repeated efforts without losing its shape
- Compact, easy to store and transport
What is Foam Roller?
Foam roller is simply a rubber roller or rigid foam rubber that allows the execution of the myofascial auto-release, which consists on the mechanical stimulation of the fascia, a very resistant connective tissue that covers the muscles of our body, and even enters them in order to connect them. The fascia interrelates and interconnects all our muscle system.
The execution of foam roller exercises is quite simple. We just need to roll this accessory on our body, over the area that we want to 'massage'. The speed is quite important, we must do this slowly, specially in those areas where we feel discomfort. Once the pain is reduced we will move on to another area.
You can control the pressure you exert on the muscle, by localising and emphasising those points that cause pain.
How does the foam roller work?
It employs a mechanism known as autogenic inhibition. When we use the foam roller on the muscles, we stimulate the Golgi tendon organ, which is in charge of controlling the tension that the muscle undergoes. It is also in charge of emitting signals to the central nervous system in order to trigger a myotatic reflex to avoid a possible injury caused by too much muscle tension.
We can relax the muscle with the foam roller, which facilitates the passive stretching of the muscle.
However, the Foam Roller could be considered as a therapeutic pseudo-technique, similar to a massage done by a physiotherapist or a professional masseur. It is kind of obvious that these people can treat us in depth and reduce or eliminate the problem, but this accessory always comes in handy.
When should we use the foam roller?
The Foam Roller is being more and more used as a key element in our workout routine, specifically in the motion part and/or stretching (warming up and cool down).
- If we use the roller before training, it will improve our joint range of motion (ROM) during the warm up. We also are preparing the muscle for the physical effort by activating the blood flow.
- We can use the foam roller to cool down, after training, in order to relax and reduce the pain caused by the workout session by enhancing the ability of our muscles to recover.
- If we use it during our day of rest or active rest, it will act as a therapy to relieve the myofascial trigger points.
Benefits of the foam roller
These are some of the advantages of using this accessory in our workouts:
- It improves the blood flow through the skin, fascia, muscles, and even the tendons and ligaments. We can increase the nutrients intake to these areas.
- Due to an improved blood flow, we will improve the nutrients exchange, and eliminate the waste products generated by cell metabolism and physical stress.
- It can help to fix certain motion problems, flexibility, since it can reduce the problems of the shortening of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
- It can help to fix some muscle unbalance caused by shortened muscle members.
- It helps to achieve a greater motion range of the muscle by decompressing the areas that were tense, or due to a lack of release during workouts.
- It improves the stabilisers task
- It increases flexibility
- It helps to reduce the risk of suffering muscle contractures and injuries.
- It reduces stress, it increases the feeling of relaxation after the massage.
- Always use it on muscle areas and not on bone areas.
- Do not use on areas that have been recently injured or with open wounds.
- Do not use if you suffer from cardiovascular problems