Rolling balls, foam rollers, PVC, tennis balls, and medicine balls remain a versatile choice for warming up, rehab and injury prevention. All have been used in the name of self myofascial release. However, consider giving this a try… the muscle roller stick. You’ll never look at a foam roller the same again.
15 Best Myofascial Releasing Reasons for using a Muscle Roller Stick
Professional athlete or weekend warrior, the muscle roller stick is great after running, weightlifting, Crossfit, MMA, WOD, Powerlifting and strength training. What ever your workout, you will get soreness and knots from your training. Managing the soreness and those knots, lumps and aches can make the difference in getting everything out of your efforts and being able to train again the next day.
Myofascial release is a technique in which varying pressure is applied to muscles to help relax and heal muscles, improve muscle mobility and increase blood flow to the area. Pressure can be applied from another person like a massage therapist; however, they’re not always available and you’ll need something to be able to do it yourself.
Self-Myofascial release means you use anything to apply pressure to work the areas of soreness. Items like foam rollers, tennis or lacrosse balls, your thumbs or anything else can assist you in working out the knots. Without assistance, those knots and injured areas will create muscle imbalances over time. The body will try to heal itself in an attempt to compensate for the micro-injuries that occur with every training. Add our daily habits of desk sitting, driving, lifting and TV watching and imbalances are exacerbated.
9. Choose your level
They come in various lengths and pressures. Some muscle roller sticks are fully adjustable and changeable.
10. Use Daily
Keep one close by so when you feel that tightness you can easily grab it. That way your Muscle roller sticks remains a go-to item for day-to-day light massage.
11. Give your thumbs a break
Dig into tight problem spots on your legs, arms, and back without wrecking your thumbs. Roll it out with some force, so you don’t have to use as much elbow grease to knead out sore muscles.
12. Don’t forget your Back
To hit knots in your back, wedge the stick between your body and a wall or the floor.
13. On the Go
If you’re going out for a hike or bike ride, throw it in your backpack for occasional quick sessions to relieve muscle aches and improve performance.
14. Work around the Knot
Muscle Sticks allow you to target your sore spots and work around them instead of directly on them. Working only the sore spots or injuries could lead to more damage to the area.
15. Improve Muscle Movement
Breaking down both fascia and adhesion’s are the main reasons to work the muscles. Adhesions lesson the movement of the muscle over time and can limit normal range of motion.
Get messages and see a physical therapist or myofascial release specialist regularly. In between visits don’t lose ground by not being able to do it yourself. Get the benefits by using the muscle roller stick consistently by having one of your own.