Foam Roller Stretching

Posted at 3:42 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 15:58:40-05

(MERCY HEALTH) – Do you get tight muscles after working out?  You may want to try foam rollers.

Foam Roller Stretching

Athletes use their own bodyweight to stretch tight muscles and tendons, release knotted muscles, and soothe trigger points. Like static stretching, it increases range of motion, but does not cause a decrease in force or power output.

Foam rolling should be performed when your muscles are warm

  • Focus on areas that are tight or have limited range of motion
  • Roll your bodyweight back and forth over the entire muscle and tendon that you are stretching
  • If there is a particularly painful or tight spot, hold the foam roller over that position for about 30 seconds and then continue