Last updated on June 15th, 2018 at 01:42 am
Stretching and yoga have helped in my running recovery. But until recently, I’ve discovered the importance of Foam Rolling.
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Ice baths, massages, yoga, stretching, runners and other athletes have various tricks to help them recover following a workout. I suffer from re-curing tightness in my left leg. The pain runs from the arch of my foot, through my calf, and up my thigh all the way to my glutes. When the pain got worse I decided to take action and visit a physiotherapist.
I didn’t know how tight my leg muscles were until my physiotherapist recommended foam rolling. She showed me how to foam roll properly and which muscles I should be working on. We have determined that I have a weak core and left hip. The tightness I believe could be a result of this.
So, as part of my prescribed physio exercises, I have to foam roll to get my muscles to loosen up.
Here are a few things I learned about foam rolling
- Work on rolling back and forth on small sections at a time, for several minutes to work out the kink
- If your muscles are sore, it will hurt, but it will be worth it
- You can foam roll your quads (I never tried it before)
- You might have to contort yourself in funny ways to get to some of your leg muscles
- It’s like giving yourself a massage
- Foam rollers are expensive but are worth the investment
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There is great debate as to whether foam rolling is good or bad for you. If you do it properly, for short amounts of time, it will help to break up scar tissue, however, you can go too far. Men’s Health has a great article answering that exact question “Is foam rolling bad for you?” So, please foam roll with caution.
If you are new to foam rolling, I’ve rounded up a few resources to get you started. Roll safely!
Here are a few Foam Rolling demonstrations of my favorite excercises from Runner’s World
Another great resource with 25 different ways to loosen your muscles using a foam roller is The Ultimate Foam Roller Exercise Guide: 25+ Amazing Moves by HomeGymr.