Foam Rollers Compliment Regular Massage
by Lisa Poole on Monday, June 01, 2015
Massage is one of the easiest ways of maintaining good health and well being. It can be used to energize you before work or to unwind in the evening. Massage can improve flexibility, elongates and stretches tissue; promote healing and reduce injury. Self-massage techniques can do some of the same.
Regular massage can also help detect when muscles are starting to tighten. When your muscles are loose, massage should be relatively pain-free. As tender spots develop, and your muscles tighten, the tissue becomes more sensitive and massage becomes more painful.
Foam rollers are a way to work on your muscles before those tender spots develop and the muscles tighten. Foam rollers can be used in an acupressure approach to massage or the self-massage technique by applying longer more sweeping strokes.
There is no universal agreement on when or how often to use a foam roller but generally, techniques are used both before and after a workout. Foam rolling prior to a workout can help decrease muscle density and promote a better warm up. Rolling after a workout may help muscles recover from strenuous exercise. The best thing of all is a foam roller can be used at any time and as often as the person feel necessary.
When using a foam roller it may be difficult work that can border on being painful at times. Quality massage work and corresponding self-massage work may be uncomfortable, much like stretching. When a person has completed foam rolling, he or she should feel better, not worse. Foam rollers are made out of a dense material that when used improperly can cause bruising.
A foam roller can never take the place of a qualified therapist. The therapist can feel the changes in the muscle tissue and make the necessary changes during a massage session. A foam roller cannot feel. The beauty of the foam rollers: When used correctly they provide unlimited self-massage for under $20. A foam roller is a perfect complement to your regular monthly massage with your favorite therapist.