Plymouth Chiropractor Foam Rolling Introduction
Plymouth MN Chiropractors introduction to foam rolling, and why Northern Edge Chiropractic advocates the use of soft tissue therapies.
Foam rolling is a form of self myofascial release that easily breaks up adhesion’s that form within muscle tissue. Adhesion is just another term for scar tissue that is widely dispersed throughout a muscle group. When muscles are over worked or injured, our body starts to repair them by forcing blood into the injured area. This promotes clotting of any broken blood vessels and brings the nutrients needed to repair the injured tissues. When scar tissue is present within a muscle the muscles naturally want tighten up and become less flexible. During this stage you must treat the muscle with soft tissue therapies other wise the muscle will become weak and you may develop muscle imbalances. Foam rolling as little as twice a week can help reduce muscle tension, reduce pain, and increase flexibility.
A foam roller is a cylinder of high density foam, that is generally 6 inches in diameter and at least 1 foot long. They come in various sizes and colors, and can generally be found at fitness gyms, target, wal-mart, and online. Foam rollers are used by chiropractors, physical therapist and most professional athletes.
The following videos are intended to give our patients some instruction on how to perform foam rolling techniques on specific muscle groups. Foam rolling should be a slow controlled movement, and try to focus on the tender areas within the muscle groups. The tender areas are generally spots where the muscle has been damaged, and should be focused on until the pain becomes more dull. Once the pain starts to dull you have successfully increase the muscles function. We recommend foam rolling before working out, to supplement our treatment plans, and to relieve muscle soreness. Foam rolling should be limited to 3-4 times per week per muscle group. Icing the muscles after an intense foam rolling session will help promote better healing and cut down on any lingering soreness.
The doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic recommend foam rolling to all of their patients, because it compliments their treatment plans so well it can actually reduce recovery time. Foam rolling is an effective tool to help treat any soft tissue injury. Foam rolling consistently can cut the treatment time in half. Some of the best candidates for foam rolling are patients with neck pain, back pain, low back pain, sciatica, shoulder dysfunction, and hip dysfunction. Foam rolling is also an effective tool to help promote proper posture, and again is a great activity to do to relieve the soreness from starting a new workout routine.
If you have questions regarding the information within the videos, or need a little more instruction please feel free to give us a call at (763)316-5252.