Fascia is a connective tissue which runs throughout the entire body, encapsulating muscle fibres, bones, nerves, blood vessels and organs providing a framework for the body. Our body is made up of 60-65% water – the fascia is the structure which organises the water into a structured network. Similar to the thin white layer which encases an orange segment and holds all of the juice, the fascia envelopes our muscles and slides and glides with every movement we perform. When our fascia system is not working as optimally as it should be it can manifest as tightness, pain, an inability to maintain good posture and restricted movement. A sedentary lifestyle, poor posture and poor work ergonomics can lead to tightening and shortening of the fascia.
Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique which can be incorporated into your warm up and cool down routine, before and after exercise. Some of the potential benefits of foam rolling include:
Foam rolling causes a number of changes at a physiological level which may help ease muscle pain. Ways in which it does this is by:
A combination of foam rolling and static stretching was found to increase range of motion which is important for flexibility and performance. For best results, aim to foam roll and stretch after each workout. Foam rolling aims to increase range of motion and flexibility by:
Foam rolling is an excellent way to reduce muscle tension at the start and end of an exercise routine. If you have a job which involves lots of sitting or standing all day, you may also find that foam rolling in the morning and evening may be a great way to relieve muscle aches and pains. It is important to always speak to your chiropractor at Lakeside Chiropractic about whether foam rolling is a good option for you, and how often you should be foam rolling.
It is important to note that using a foam roller, particularly if you are already experiencing muscle pain and tension, can be quite uncomfortable. It is important to begin foam rolling gently and slowly progress until the pain eases and you are comfortable using a foam roller. It is normal to feel discomfort, but you should not push past the point of discomfort into genuine pain, otherwise you risk injuring yourself.
To foam roll, use the following steps as a guide:
The depicts how a foam roller can be used for different troublesome muscles in the body.
Foam rolling is a fantastic way to ensure maintenance of full and pain free range of motion throughout the entire body. If there is restricted range of motion in one body region, this will result in forced compensation and suboptimal movements in the adjacent joints. A consult with your chiropractor at Lakeside Chiropractic may be an excellent start in identifying problematic muscles and restricted joints to put you on the path to achieving greater range of motion and decreased pain. Feel free to give us a call on (08) 9300 0095 or head to our website to book yourself in!Schedule an Appointment