Tripler Army Medical Center explains foam rolling

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
Spc. Reggie Wilson of the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center demonstrates the use of rollers for treating myofascial pain. (Photo by Mo Greenberg)

Spc. Reggie Wilson of the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center demonstrates the use of rollers for treating myofascial pain. (Photo by Mo Greenberg)

Tripler Army Medical Center
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This technique of foam rolling, which follows, is significantly effective in reducing delayed onset muscle soreness, improving your performance and improving your flexibility.

Here’s the pro tip: Foam rolling can initially be very uncomfortable, but this is completely normal. Stick with it and each subsequent session will become easier and cause less discomfort.

You should begin to feel loosened up and perhaps less general discomfort within about three to five sessions.

Here’s how to implement: Foam rolling is performed by using bodyweight to roll yourself back and forth, assisting with your arms and legs to offload a portion of your body weight. The more body weight that is pressed into the roller, the more intense the sensation of foam rolling will be.

There are numerous YouTube videos demonstrating different techniques. Once you have the foundations down, you can apply foam rolling to literally any body part.

Another option would be using a lacrosse ball or tennis ball, to roll out glutes, calves and mid-back, just to name a few.

A good way to start is to spend at least one minute on each section of muscle, preferably after your workout.

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