Foam rolling…have you heard of it? What is it? Why do it? I am going to give you an overview of this awesome muscle “massage” and why I swear by it. I have hip dysplasia, which started when I was about 3 years old when I had to get PT to walk. My hips were fine all my life until I was pregnant with my son 15 years ago. As a result of that added weight and the long ago dysplasia, I went from arthritis in my hip to the current state of my hip bone going through my pelvis.
Eventually, I will have to get a hip replacement, but for the past year there has been no deterioration so I am good to go. Due to this ailment, I have limited movement in my hips, therefore, my IT bands are as tight as they can be. (IT bands run from the knee to the hip on the side of the leg.) Foam rolling is the only thing that gives me any relief.
Foam rollers are just what they sound like…a huge roll of foam…about the diameter of a log. They come in different sizes, textures, lengths, and colors. I have 2 different rollers: one is smooth and the other has the texture of a mountain bike tire. You roll whatever muscle you need “massaged” on the roller and, as a result, it hurts like %$#&*. After you are done, however, it feels AWESOME!!!
Foam rollers are pretty readily available: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, etc. In conclusion, I have included links to some wonderful articles that explain more about foam rolling and how to do it. Although one of the articles is written for a running magazine, you can use these exercises for any workout or sport. I don’t run at all because of my hip so believe me…foam rolling works for with sports and workouts. Give it a try…it will NOT disappoint.
*What is a Foam Roller and Why does it hurt? Breaking Muscle.com
*How to Use a Foam Roller Runner’s World.com
*7 Awesome Ways to use a Foam Roller Womens Health mag.com