It’s no secret that foam rollers are one of the most popular fitness tools around. They can be used to massage sore muscles, improve range of motion, and help you break through plateaus in your workout routine.
But what exactly does a foam roller do? And how can you take advantage of this simple piece of equipment?
For starters, it helps with muscle recovery. Your body naturally produces enzymes called proteases (or proteolytic enzymes), which break down protein fibers as a way to repair damage to your muscles. The breakdown of these fibers releases chemicals like lactic acid and hydrogen ions that cause muscle soreness after exercise. When you use a foam roller on your muscles before and after exercise, however, these chemicals are released into the bloodstream faster than normal—so they don’t have time to get trapped in your muscles and make them sore. This speeds up recovery time so you can get back into training sooner!
Foam Rolling for muscles
Foam rolling also increases blood flow to your muscles by causing micro-tears in their tissue—which stimulates muscle growth by creating new capillaries for more oxygenated blood flow and nutrient delivery. And when those blood vessels are broken down? They become more flexible over time so they don’t restrict movement or cause pain when moving.
Remember it’s important to use foam rollers regularly if you want to maintain overall health as well as good posture throughout life from childhood through adulthood (and beyond).It’s easy to do, and it’s an awesome way to get ready for a workout, or as part of your post-workout routine.