Many people over the years have started using foam rollers in the gyms, health clinics, sporting events, and at home. You have probably seen your friends post on facebook, twitter, and pinterest the best ways to use a foam roller. The media has really helped increase the popularity of these self-myofascial release tools.
Over the past few years I've seen all kinds of posts on the internet about the right size, shape, and texture to use. The use of foam rollers has spread like wildflowers. You can even get one with flowers decorated on it, ha!
But is this soft tissue therapy really helpful for the treatment of skeletal muscle issues like immobility, pain, loss of range of motion, and athletic performance?
Let's turn to what the research indicates.
A recent review of the literature was presented May 2015 at the American College of Sports Medicine 62nd Annual Meeting. Nine studies were evaluated. Six using foam rollers and three with handheld rollers.
Regardless of the exact mechanism of how myofascial release works to benefit skeletal muscle issues such as immobility, pain, loss of range of motion, and certain athletic performance measures, it is clear that it is beneficial.
So call today, 509-466-1366, or request an appointment online and find out how to properly use a foam roller for you muscular complaints and what other ways we could help you.
Dr. Jared Wilson, DC, MS
Dr. Jared Wilson blogs about chiropractic health and other relevant health news. He is an expert in musculoskeletal injuries and functional rehab. He holds a Chiropractic Doctorate degree and a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science.