Daniel Rothenberg, Sports Chiropractor, Strength & Conditioning Coach (2019)
Many people use foam rollers, trigger point balls and other tools to release tight or painful muscles. These tools are sometimes used over and over again without much long-term change or improvements. The aim of using these tools is to ‘release’ connective tissue or break up adhesions within the muscles that may be causing pain or inflexibility. Interestingly, the research argues that we don’t actually break up adhesions or scar tissue, but rather we alter the sensation of the area we are releasing, and this change in sensation changes the perception of how that area feels and functions (1). A large pitfall for a lot of people who use the foam roller or trigger point ball as a stand-alone treatment is that the tissues will have a tendency to regress back to their original ‘tight’ feeling. So how do we best avoid those muscles tightening up again?
The foam roller has its place in rehab and recovery, however, without following up your rolling session with some strength and stability work you are missing out the real potential benefit. Give it a try next time you do some release work and see what happens.
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