Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from July, 2017

Foam roller self-massage, the right way

A large proportion of the active and even inactive population have no doubt either come across or used a foam roller as a form of self-massage. Results can often vary significantly between individuals and in some cases, symptoms can be made worse. In order, to get the best out of your foam roller, it is essential know a little about the principles behind the massage techniques the roller attempts to replicate. It is equally useful to know a little about anatomy, physiology, and types of injury.

An American Physical Therapist, Sean Gallagher is commonly referred to as the originator of the foam roller, as used for self-myofascial release. The use of foam rollers for self-massage appears to date back to the early to mid 1980’s. The foam roller industry has grown hugely in the last 5-10 years, and there are all kinds of videos and books of people happily (smiling) while foam rolling various parts of their body. That said there are many health and fitness products advertised with people ha…