23 Jul Benefits of Foam Rolling
At Advanced Orthopedics and Joint Preservation, we are inspired to help treat our patients and solve any issues pertaining to injury. We also take great satisfaction in allowing their recovery to be as safe and efficient as possible. Not only will our orthopedist in Valley Stream help expedite your recovery, but Dr. Stanislav Avshalumov can also offer knowledgeable advice on how you can prevent future injury from occurring. One known method is foam rolling.
What is Foam Rolling?
A common practice used in the rehabilitation process following an injury is foam rolling. Foam rolling (otherwise known as self-myofascial release) is an exercise activity performed by using a foam ball, foam roll, or another round surface and moving parts of your muscles on or over it. It helps by working out the knots in your fascia (the connective tissue holding your muscles together), making your muscles feel less tight and releasing built-up muscle tension. The process can often lead to soreness, however, this is due to the nature of the exercise. The idea is that you are physically “unwinding” your muscles in a way that most people tend to ignore or only access during deep massages.
Foam rolling helps to break up lactic acid buildup, which can occur from repeated physical activity. Not only is foam rolling essential for post-injury rehab, but also pre-injury prevention. Many athletes prefer to foam roll before and after exercise, as it keeps muscles fresh and prepares them for exercise. Foam rolling following a workout will break up that lactic acid that builds up in your muscles during exercise preventing soreness and tightness in those areas. By doing this, you also help prepare yourself for the next workout, allowing your muscles to feel more rested, recovered and loose. Our orthopedist in Valley Stream will supply foam rollers to you while visiting our office and we will show you how to use it properly.
Benefits of Foam Rolling
Other benefits of foam rolling not already mentioned include:
- Less effort for muscles to produce force.
- Increases blood flow.
- Less fatigue in the muscles in general.
- Reduces later soreness of the muscle.
- Prepares your body for the next workout – a warm-up of the muscles (friction).
- Also acts as a workout recovery method.
- Increases your range of motion and flexibility.
- Helps to prevent future muscle injury.
Should you be experiencing pain, you’re likely implementing the device incorrectly. The issue could be flawed movement, putting pressure on the wrong area, pushing too hard, or trying areas that you shouldn’t be. Get in touch with our orthopedist in Valley Stream if you are experiencing pain during or after foam rolling to ensure you are doing this activity correctly.
Orthopedist in Valley Stream
At Advanced Orthopedics and Joint Preservation, Dr. Stanislav Avshalumov is experienced and highly trained in treating all injuries of the significant joint areas and musculoskeletal system. Dr. Avshalumov and his team also work toward helping their patients prevent future damage through various sports medicine practices. Foam rolling is extremely beneficial to any individual either recovering from or preventing injury or merely preparing your body for exercise.
Our team will give proper advice as to how to use a foam roller. Foam rollers are generally inexpensive and can hold many benefits if done correctly and on a regular basis. Contact our orthopedist in Valley Stream today if you have suffered an orthopedic injury and seek treatment and guidance to kickstart your recovery.