Foam Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

Recently foam rollers have become a much spoken about piece of equipment. In the therapy room, at gyms and in conversations - they are popular. So what are they about and what are they used for?

According to www.running-physio.com, using a foam roller can improve joint range of motion without impairing muscle performance. This is because a foam roller targets the fascia, which surrounds muscles. Influencing fascia means we can influence flexibility and joint range of motion. Rolling helps break down scar tissue and adhesions in the fascia.

The research thus far is limited, however as little as 2 x 1 minute sessions can be beneficial. Rolling too often could perhaps cause a build-up of micro trauma.

Conditions where tight structures are the cause, could be helped by foam rolling. These include Plantar Fasciitis, Patello-femoral pain, ITB, shin splints and Achilles tendinopathy. Given these conditions, the areas most commonly rolled include

  • Quads
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
  • Gluts