What is the Foam Roller?
The Foam roller is better known as a foam cylinder It comes in various formats in terms of hardness and surface (smooth or grated).
It is designed to affect the muscle fascia, which is a tissue that covers and connects our entire body.
Why is it good to use the Foam Roller?
The use of the Foam roller helps the release of muscle tension, improved blood flow muscle and can help prevent contractures.
When "rolling" is applied to a muscle, relaxation and decongestion is produced in that area due to the increase in blood flow and pressure.
|Relieves muscle tension|
|improves blood flow|
|Recovers and activates the muscles;|
|Frees the body from mild contractures|
|Ideal for contractures|
Which Foam Roller to choose?
The first thing you have to take into account is the reason why you want to use it, from there you will know where to look.
There are a multitude of shapes, sizes, hardness, etc. Foam roller and we are going to summarize what the most used consists of so that you are clear which one to choose
Depending on the size you have, it can be used for some parts of the body or others.
For example, one small is a good choice for work more specifically those areas of the body with difficult access or those that require more incision.
Instead, if you want work broader muscles it is better to use one more great.
These are some examples that can help you.
- If you want to release the plantar fascia you can use a small roller or a ball
- If you want to work the muscles of the legs, the ideal is a large cylinder
- If you want to work your neck, we recommend one shaped like a peanut or double ball.
|Area to work||Foam roller type|
|Musculature of the legs, adductors, buttocks, etc..||Large|
|Neck||Double Ball, or peanut|
You also have to take into account the hardness of the product when choosing one.
The hardness depends a lot on the sensitivity of the person to pressure and its weight
Smooth or rough surface type
Another point to take into account is the type of surface of the Foam rollers. exist smooth or rough surfaces that serve to work different things.
|Myofascial tissue mobilization||Superficial fascial tissue mobilization|
|Temperature rise||Superficial fascia tissue hydration|
|Increased blood flow||Adhesion removal|
How does it work?
Its use is very simpleWe only have to perform one soft "shoot" on the muscle that we want to work only with body weight.
When you use it, there will be some points where you have more tension or even some pain. They are called Hot Spots (Hot spots) and in them will be the ones that will have to work more
Foam roller exercises
We leave you on video an exercise routine to do with the Roam Foller.
Where to buy the Foam Roller?
Currently this type of product can be found in many places, both in large stores such as Decathlon, or in online stores such as Amazon.
Its average price is around € 30.