Fads come and go throughout society; one day it’s cool, the next day it’s not. It is no different in the athletic/rehab world, with foam rolling leading at the forefront of current trends. However, while many are hopping on the foam rolling train, it is important to research if there is some validity to its presence.
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The fact is athletes are not just walking around with foam rollers under their arm for looks. There are proven health benefits to foam rolling. Foam rolling is a type of self-myofascial release. Anatomically, fascia is a connective tissue network of collagen fibers that essentially holds us together. Fascia weaves throughout our entire body, stabilizing and separating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs. When fascia becomes tight and does not slide and glide efficiently on other structures, we often experience movement restrictions and tension throughout our bodies. Posture, stress, exercise and other lifestyle factors can contribute to this. Enter – foam rollers.