Benefits of Foam Rolling | Myofascial Release

Foam rolling is another way to loosen muscles and reduce tension in the body, especially in the legs, butt and back.  It’s not the most pleasant way to do so – foam rolling can often be painful, especially for people who haven’t done it often.  However, the more you do it, the easier and less painful it will become.Generally, the muscles that can be massaged are dependent on the length of the foam roller.  All rollers can loosen the glutes, hamstrings, calves and quads, but only the longer ones can really loosen the muscles of the back well.  Foam rolling is particularly important for runners, as they often have iliotibial (IT) band trouble, which can lead to pain on the side of the knee and can keep someone from running.  By rolling the IT band you can loosen the fascia and reduce the likelihood of such an injury occurring. Rolling the IT band is difficult to do for beginners, and often requires support with the opposite leg because the band of fascia is too tight to support full bodyweight comfortably.Generally, it’s okay to foam roll before or after working out.  Doing so afterwards will help keep the muscles from tightening up because of the workout.  Foam rolling before a workout, however, will loosen already tight muscles and may allow for increased performance during the workout.  Regardless, foam rolling is a good addendum to a workout program, and may help to stave off injury.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241