What is Foam Rolling and why does it hurt so good?

Chiropractic, foam rolling, and your body.

Foam rolling has exploded in popularity over the past few years. No longer used only by athletes and trainers, foam rolling (or myofascial release) is now used by people with all levels of fitness. The goal of foam rolling is to improve muscle function, performance, and range of motion. When a tight muscle or trigger point is released, you are able to move freely, with less pain, and improve your overall performance.

Why it Matters:

Activity, age, and injuries can cause your muscles to lose flexibility which in turn creates adhesions and pain. Foam rolling allows you to place deep compression on these areas reducing pain and adhesions while creating an improved joint range of motion. Using a foam roller during your warm-up routine may provide additional benefits beyond stretching alone. New research has discovered that foam rolling can improve flexibility more than static and dynamic stretching.

- Foam rolling is designed to release tight muscles and trigger points

- Researchers have found increased flexibility and reduced pain after foam rolling

- Proper movement patterns are thought to improve performance and reduce injury

Next Steps:

Using a foam roller on tight muscles and trigger points has been shown improve flexibility and help maintain proper movements patterns. If you have questions on whether foam rolling is right for you, just ask! We believe this type of at-home care is a great way to support the adjustments and care you receive in our office.

Science Source:

Acute Effects of Foam Rolling, Static Stretching, and Dynamic Stretching During Warm-ups on Muscular Flexibility and Strength in Young Adults. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation 2017

Differences in pressure pain threshold among men and women after foam rolling. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2017