By: Tom Campbell Fitness
If you have been in a gym setting within the last two – three years, there is a pretty decent chance that you have witnessed someone with or using a foam roller. It is becoming a common occurrence in most gyms. Having said that, it is important to identify what we are trying to accomplish and benefit from with foam rolling (or rolling out.) If you are rolling out correctly, it can be a tremendous benefit in injury prevention, recovery, posture, and performance.
Rolling out is another term for myofascial release (a slightly more scientific term.) Myo = muscle and Fascia = connective tissue around the muscle. Myofascial = refers to the soft tissue of the body. Soft tissue has the ability to contract and stretch, and that plays a significant role in the way we move and perform.
Over time our soft tissue will develop restrictions or problem areas that prohibit proper movement i.e. Trigger points, knots, fascial tension, and adhesions.
Our main goal while foam rolling is to identify the problem areas, and to get those muscles to release. We can do this by exploring daily and by working on the problem areas that arise. Understand that rolling out is a daily activity and your problem areas will change.
Over the next few weeks I’ll feature the TCF Foam Rolling Series…..So stay tuned.
Tom Campbell Fitness © NCSF - Certified Personal Trainer Starkville, MS