What does foam rolling actually do?

Think of it as ironing out the wrinkles in your rumpled musculature. Foam rolling smooths and lengthens your muscles, and breaks up adhesions and scar tissue. Another benefit is that it helps your muscles relax by activating the sensory receptors connecting your muscle fibres to your tendons. The net effect is better blood circulation, which in turn speeds workout recovery and boosts performance.

But don’t just take our word for it. Grab a foam roller—you can buy one at your local sporting apperal store or at our Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic. Log onto our YouTube (click here) and find out how to roll out the major muscle groups. If you hit a sore spot, hold it there for 15 to 30 seconds—you found a tight area that needs special attention.

Foam rolling can be uncomfortable, but you need only 5 to 10 minutes to reap the benefits. Just as important as how you roll is when you roll: After a workout is best, followed by a static stretch of the muscle. This helps your muscles return to the proper length and recover even faster because it can prevent the build-up of scar tissue.

If you have any questions concerning foam rolling, ask your Sheddon Physiotherapist! You can contact us at (905) 849-4576

By Dana Clark