Did you know that much like your teeth need daily brushing and flossing to maintain good health and keep plaque from building up your connective tissue and muscles require the same kind of daily maintenance?
It is something I've written about in the past, and has become a "must do" in my corrective exercise programming. [See Fascia, Stretching & Corrective Exercise Get Rid of the Fuzz to learn more.]
Your muscles develop tightness and knots overtime due to compromised motor patterns, that if left unattended to lead to lack of flexibility and mobility of joints. Proper foam rolling application and progressions can help your body unwind tightened muscle groups, tenderness and accumulated waste products that can build up in muscles over time.
Because a regular practice of SMR (self myofascial release) exercises using equipment like a foam roller can help individuals hydrate the connective tissue and get rid of unwanted waste product and tension in muscles, other secondary benefits emerge such as:
- enhanced athletic performance
- decreased recovery time from intense exercise bouts
- expedite injury recovery
- increase mobility/joint range of motion
- decrease aches and pains due to constricted tissues
Foam Rolling Basics To Help Your Hips This Saturday the Mobility and Corrective Exercise class at CrossFit 5885 (Saturday October 17th, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am) we will be using the foam roller to address dysfunctions, fascial restrictions and alignment issues in the tissues surrounding the KNEE up to the HIP. This class is open to members and the general public (drop-in is $20, and a 10 Class punch pass is $180)! If you plan to attend, please arrive 15 minutes early.
NOTE: If you own your own, please bring your foam roller to class
In the meantime, check out and try this sample of an easy to do Thoracic Mobility and Facial Release Upper Body Exercises on the Foam Roller.
If you have questions, please reach out. And if you did the video, I want to know how it went for you! Otherwise, be sure to plan to attend class this Saturday morning. I promise your body will thank you!
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Author: Deb Preachuk is a Certified Foundation Training & STOTT Pilates Instructor, Corrective Exercise & Posture Alignment Specialist, and the founder/owner of Pain Free Posture MN. You can follow Deb on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, or subscribe to her YouTube, Pinterest or Instagram pages.