10 Benefits of Foam Rolling for Pre and Post-workout
Foam rolling is believed to provide a number of pre and post-workout benefits to your body, though in-depth research is not extensive on this particular workout recovery technique. Of the relatively small studies that have been conducted, individuals have reported feeling less fatigued, as well as experienced reduced muscle soreness, increased range of motion, and flexibility. We know foam rolling feels good, but what exactly happens when we foam roll?
Foam rolling is what is known as a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique. Though there aren’t enough studies to confirm, it is believed that the practice may help with myofascial release, that is releasing the fascia that is layered around and throughout your muscles. Other theories are that foam rolling stimulates nerve receptors in the body creating the feeling of relief it is known for by communicating to the nervous system to decrease pain signals.
Things to know when foam rolling, first, foam rolling really should only be applied to muscles, not joints or ligaments. Just like with anything, consistency is key. Foam rolling will be more effective if you practice it regularly, even on a day-to-day basis.
If you are just getting started, go easy on yourself at first by only applying lighter amounts of body weight and working your way up. Though foam rolling can naturally feel a bit uncomfortable if your muscles are tight, if you feel any sharp or intense pain you should stop.
Though research is limited, these are the top 10 benefits reported from foam rolling pre and post-workout.
Benefits of Foam Rolling
- Enhanced muscle warmup
- Increased blood flow
- Reduced injury
- Faster recovery
- Improved flexibility
- Increased performance
- Improved posture
- Self-massage muscle relief
- Eased muscle and joint pain
- Decreased fibromyalgia symptoms
Let us know if you have tried foam rolling and what benefits you have experienced. For more inspiration on workout recovery, check out our blog.