What does Foam Rolling do?
I thought I would do something different with this post. I don’t normally highlight someone else’s work online unless I have a reason to. I have been following this website for a while now. It has lots of medical information regarding the lower extremity and injuries, etc. Seeing as how I am recovering from an Achilles injury, I keep scanning for any info that comes out that might interest me, or help me with my recovery.
Too many times, I've been told to “foam roll” out the kinks, or knots in my legs. We all know what that feels like when the muscles are super sore, any weight at all on the roller is painful. There actually is a bit of science behind the wonders of foam rolling, and I found it to be super interesting. The medical jargon in this article isn’t too bad, so those of you not used to the medical terminology, shouldn’t have too much of an issue. I highly recommend reading this article and maybe adapting some of the principles to your current situation. I am not an MD, but only a runner, who seeks to help others out that may also be injured. Hey, if any little bit of info helps, then I say it’s worth taking the time to read!
Here’s an excerpt from the article; “The mechanistic mysteries of foam rolling” by Cary Groner. Published in LER, Lower Extremity Review.
“In our research, we’ve found that foam rolling tends to offer similar increases in range of motion as static stretching, but without the typical impairment associated with stretching,” said David Behm, PhD, a research professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in St. John’s, Canada. In one of those quirks of scientific curiosity, where investigators with similar interests tend to congregate at certain institutions, MUN has become a hotbed of research into foam rolling and its sister therapy, roller massage.
Essentially, people use their own weight on the rollers to exert both direct and sweeping pressure on soft tissue, typically the calves, hamstrings, iliotibial band, quadriceps, or gluteals.Researchers and trainers are interested in foam rolling’s effects in two primary conditions: athletic performance (particularly range of motion [ROM]), and recovery from intense athletic activities that create sore muscles. Much of the current research into both of these has come from the labs at MUN.
You can enjoy the full article from Lower Extremity Review HERE: MECHANISTIC MYSTERIES OF FOAM ROLLING