Posted on May 18, 2018 by Josh Puttock

Right, let’s just get straight into it. Do you foam roll? Or do you just look at this cylinder thing in the gym and have no idea what it is there for? Well let me help you out by talking you through the good and the bad of foam rolling.

You see, these foam rollers come in all different shapes and sizes and some also have a few have lumps and bumps on them. So, it does get a bit confusing when trying to work out which one to use, how to use it and so on.

What foam rolling does

The idea behind foam rolling is to help relieve pain from trigger points, such as aches and pains or other sore and tight areas of the body. It acts as a kind of self-massaging process that people can do themselves. But what are the pros and cons?

The pros

  • Helps stretch out and release tight and sore muscles
  • Enhances muscle recovery
  • Improves performance
  • Prevents injuries
  • Cheaper than getting costly massages
  • Easy to use
  • Improves flexibility
  • Helps range of motion

The Cons

  • May hurt depending on how much pressure you apply
  • You don’t feel the benefits immediately after use
  • Can cause injuries if not performed incorrectly

Who should foam roll?

Foam rollers can be used in a number of different ways, and by a number of different people – it’s not just for athletes and those partaking in sport and exercise. There are however certain muscles and body parts in particular that are often targeted using it.

Common areas to foam roll

  • Back
  • Glutes
  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Behind Shoulder Blades
  • IT Band
  • Hip Flexors

By Reanne Harris, Gym & Spa Operative