After that long weekend run, your muscles feel so taut you feel like you could play them like a violin. You can’t get in to your beloved massage therapist until mid-week, but you would like some immediate release to maximize your recovery time. Foam rollers may be just what you need. Foam rollers are used for a self-myofascial release on the affected muscles. Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy that relaxes contracted muscles, improves blood ad lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles. Myofascial release if often administered by a qualified therapist, but in-home daily maintenance can cut down on your in office time and improve flexibility and performance in your sport.
Foam rollers look like foam tubes that you use like a rolling pin under your own body weight. This video shows a general instruction in the administering of this therapy for the thigh and back.
Please seek professional advice before self-administering this therapy. Foam rollers can be purchased online for anywhere between $15-$75.