In my office I mention the foam roller to my patients as a useful tool in not only their current rehab, but for them to start using to PREVENT injuries.
What is it?
A foam roller is a cylinder shaped piece of soft or hard foam.
1. It can be found in small and large sizes, usually from 12×6 to 36×6.
2. Colors mean something:
White = Soft
Blue = Semi-Soft
Black = Hard
What is it for?
The foam roller is primarily used as self-myofascial release of tight, overactive, and dysfunctional muscles. Simply put, the foam roller can be used by an individual to relax muscles and improve their muscle health.
It’s a Love/Hate relationship that most people have with the foam roller. While it is very good for you, it can be painful and tender when used over tight and overactive muscles (the ones that really need it). No worries though, over time it gets easier and becomes less painful as the muscles begin to be re-educated and become less tight and overactive.
How to use it:
To learn how to use the foam roller on the pecs, back, shoulders, legs and much more, visit the Foam Roller Stretching Page!