Foam Roller Exercises
As we get older we lose the elasticity in our joints and connective tissue until it all suddenly catches up with us and you end up feeling pain in the simplest of tasks, like walking up the stairs. Research shows that a massage can reduce all this stiffness and soreness by more over 40%.
But there is a much cheaper and completely effective way to stop this aging process in its track by using foam roller exercises that all good physical therapists use. By simply understanding a few basic moves that you can do in the space of a bed you can get this problem solved permanently.
When you use your own home made foam roller or you purchase, you can boost your circulation and go directly to the muscles in a fast and effective way that will solve countless problems to slow down the aging process. You can also access certain key trigger points when doing these foam roller exercises.
The only thing you need to get started is a carpeted space and a foam roller either 6- by 18-inch or 6- by 36-inch. You will often find them at sporting goods stores or order at foam roller - click here. You will also need to get a few ideas on what movements to do and how to do them which you will easily find on Utube.
You should do the workout about three times a week which you will notice almost immediately will improve your stiffness and your soreness that you get. Whether it be from exercises that you are doing or just from getting older you will start to feel a difference.
As mentioned above there are countless different movements that you can do using your foam roller. Guidance is probably the best way to start so that you can begin to specifically focus on the deep tissue massage that you can give yourself whenever you feel that you need it without having to pay for a professional massage therapist to do it for you.
Begin each move by lying with a part of your body on top of the foam cylinder, then roll slowly in both directions until you find a tender spot. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds, or until you feel the muscle relax, then continue down the length of the muscle until you find another knot; repeat 3 to 5 times.
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