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Posted on 02-19-2017

You might have seen foam rollers at the gym, but it's something you should have in your home! It is important to make sure your body gets the recovery it needs and while getting a massage every once in a while is a great way to treat yourself and soothe sore muscles, foam rolling is a much more wallet-friendly and time efficient way to recover on a daily basis. In fact, at Vidan Family Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri, we send every patient home with one because they help so much in all stages of recovery as well as prevention. 

Foam rollers are exercise devices used for massage and fitness. While usually long and cylindrical, they come in many shapes, sizes and varying textures. When used for self-massage, they help soothe tight, sore areas (known as “trigger points”) and speed up muscle recovery. This process of rolling out tight muscles and relieving tension is also called myofascial release. Foam rolling right after your workout (or even the next day) can help reduce some of that soreness and tightness. That's because foam rolling works by massaging away fascia buildup in your muscles, which often lead to painful, sore muscles.

Here are four convincing reasons why you should be foam rolling every day:

1. It reduces soreness and tightness from working out.

You know that feeling when you wake up the day after a really hard workout and your muscles are so sore it's hard to move? Yeah, we've all been there. But foam rolling right after your workout (or even the next day) can help reduce some of that soreness and tightness.

That's because foam rolling works by massaging away fascia buildup in your muscles, which often lead to painful, sore muscles. Reducing this means you won't have to skip your workout because you're too sore from the previous day's session.

2. It increases flexibility.

We all know how important it is to stay flexible, and foam rolling can help with that too. Maintaining flexibility throughout your life reduces injuries, improves your athletic performance and keeps you strong and healthy into old age. 

3. It helps prevent injuries.

When you work out hard, your muscles end up tight and develop knots from constant stress. And unless you want to pony up the cash to get a full body massage once or twice a week, your best bet for staying injury-free is to foam roll as often as possible.

 When you foam roll out the tight spots, it prevents those areas from becoming injury trigger points which could eventually lead to shin splints, neck immobility, and even a popped rib. (I speak from experience!)

4. It helps you de-stress.

Foam rolling away the knots can help you de-stress at the end of a tough day—just like a massage would. That's because when you release your knots and sore spots, the tension built up in your connective tissue releases and leaves you feeling less stressed.

Give our office a call for information how to get your own foam roller: 314-678-9355.

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