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Some say no way, we say yes way, but in the right way!!!

Although not as luxurious, using a foam roller is considered a form of self-massage and can produce many of the same benefits. Rolling out your muscles isn’t just for professional athletes. While it can increase performance, foam rolling can also be used to relieve and reduce tension caused by daily stresses.


What does foam rolling do for you?

Studies have shown that rolling out your muscles does decrease tissue tension and can improve your range of movement, increasing your speed and flexibility. While there are many benefits to rolling out your muscles prior to or following a workout, studies have also shown that foam rolling can be used without affecting muscle performance and strength and may just be used as a cheaper method of soft tissue massage.


When should we get down the roller!?

Foam rolling can be done on a daily basis on any muscle group. It’s most effective when it’s utilized on a consistent basis. To better prepare for a training session, we recommend rolling out before exercising to reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow. It can also be done following exercise to limit the amount of muscle soreness and stiffness. If you struggle with sleep due to aches, foam rolling prior to bedtime may decrease the stress and tension from the day to aid in getting a better night’s sleep.

Have a tender spot? Foam rolling may cause some discomfort in certain areas that are extremely stiff. Targeting a specific muscle for five to 30 seconds, you should feel the tenderness of the area dissipate. It’s not advised to roll over known injuries or joint areas without a qualified medical professional’s permission.


Who can show me how and where to use a foam roller?

At Centre 4 Health, our remedial massage therapists are all knowledgeable in the area of foam rolling and, as part of your session, can teach you how to use a foam roller and where it would be most beneficial for you to use.  Our therapists can design a treatment plan or a self-treatment plan for you to use at home, before or after exercise, or for when you need urgent pain or tension relief.

To find out more or to book in a remedial massage, you can call us on 9193 2170 or book online here.