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Keep Muscles Loose With Foam Rollers
If you've never heard of foam rollers, you are missing out on one of the best ways to improve circulation and flexibility while reducing inflammation and joint stress. A foam roller offers some of the same benefits as a sports massage, but from the comfort of your own home without having to shell out $100 or more for the experience. Foam rolling is especially important for athletes, but just about anyone can benefit from using a foam roller.
Physical Benefits of Foam Rollers
Foam rolling applies targeted pressure to the fascia, which is the sheath of fibrous tissue that covers your muscles. The fascia tends to get inflamed through exercise and other physical activity, causing your muscles to feel sore and tight. Applying that targeted pressure will relieve pain and clear up problems, such as the pain associated with shin splits and IT band syndrome.
Taking care of the fascia by foam rolling regularly can also help improve your mobility and keep your muscles sliding and moving without too much stiffness. Foam rollers also help office workers who feel tight and sore after a long day of sitting at a desk.
How to Use a Foam Roller
When your new foam roller arrives, you might wonder how to get the best use out of it and maximize the health benefits. The size and shape allow you to use the foam roller on just about any part of your body, from your neck down to your feet. Smaller rollers are best for feet, although a larger option can work if you have something to hold onto while using it.
For your back and legs, simply place the foam roller on the floor in an area where you have plenty of space to move. Lie on top of the foam roller with the part of your body that you want to target against the roller, then move back and forth to roll out the area. Try to use long strokes to get as much movement as possible, which will help to relieve pain and inflammation.
Find foam rollers at JCPenney to help you start a new foam rolling program and take advantage of the physical benefits. Options include standard foam rollers and progression rollers, which have raised sections for more targeted pressure.
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