Foam Rolling Basics: Upper Body

Foam Rolling Basics: Upper Body

Foam rollers are becoming more widely utilized to prepare muscles for workouts and treat muscle and joint pain. Living a healthy lifestyle that involves resistance training, cardio training such as cycling or running, and even body weight exercises, can cause strain to our bodies. Traditional stretching is helpful, but it’s difficult to target deep tissue without a foreign object. Foam rolling provides a more beneficial warm up to help our muscles work harder and provide a better cool down to transition our muscles into a rest state.

Instead of paying for massages weekly, foam rollers provide the same relief all in the comfort of your home. There are two types of rollers; the traditional one has a smooth surface, and focuses on the top layer of skin and muscles. If you’re looking for a stronger warm followed by a better relaxer, textured rollers have ridges and components which cause different muscle responses on impact. Just like with training, diversity promotes growth for muscles. In the case of foam rollers, diversity promotes stronger preparation.

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