Foam Rolling – Not Just for Athletes

rollYou may be under the impression that foam rolling is only done by athletes as a part of their training regimen, but if you think that, you’re wrong! Foam rolling can help everybody, especially people who sit behind a desk for long hours every day. Here is why and how you should incorporate a foam roller into your life.

Sitting All Day

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Living a sedentary lifestyle has been found to take a massive toll on your body, so if you’re not very active during the day then you need to find a way to move around more and take the time to stretch out your body to help you feel better and to be healthier too.

Sitting behind a desk all day can be stressful on your body. Just think about it — how often do you feel tired at the end of the day when you get home? When you get up from working at your desk do you feel sore and stiff? Is your motivation zapped by the end of the day? Well, you need to think about getting a foam roller!

Sitting all day is not a natural position because your body is made to move around, lie down, and stand up – not hunch over a desk all day working at a computer. Doing so results in your shoulders rolling forward, your head moving forward and even the muscles and ligaments in your hips and legs shortening from all that sitting.

Flexibility with Foam Rolling

Working a foam rolling routine into your day will help to keep you limber and work out some of the muscle knots you create by sitting all day. When your muscles have been released and are relaxed after a good roll, then your circulation will be better and bam! You’ll have more energy too!

Rules of Rolling

There are some areas you should focus on to help release bound up muscles and improve your posture. You need to try and focus on your whole back, your thigh muscles, your shoulders and upper back, your upper arms, the inside of your thighs and your calves.

Buy a foam roller that is dense and well-constructed. When you use it you should roll over the muscle groups until you find a point that is a bit sensitive – concentrate around that area but not directly on the spot. Remember not to roll over your joints and to apply even pressure consistently for 10 to 15 seconds. Rest and then repeat!

If you have questions about foam rolling, you should talk to your chiropractor at The Joint about it. They are experts in body mechanics and can help you to understand foam rolling fundamentals as well as form!

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