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PICK UP A FOAM ROLLER, PEOPLE: Ye Olde Post about Foam Rolling

Let’s review:

Can’t overhead squat?  Knees hurt?  Getting chronic pain in your shoulders?  

Understand a few things… when you stretch and when you foam roll you’re addressing fascia.  Fascia is the connective tissue that covers your muscles.  And everytime you heave through that gorgeous full range of motion pullup for the 100th time you’re ripping up that fascia… and it’s healing back together (because your body is AWESOME like that).  

Trouble is – just like the skin on your hands does from those same pullups… the continual breakdown and healing of this tissue builds up and pulls on the opposing fascia, which pulls on the actual muscle groups which does all sorts of things like: limit your range of motion, disable your muscles from actually applying the strength they are capable of, and ultimately creates pain.

Chances are that if you’re any kind of athlete and especially a CrossFitter – you know exactly what I’m talking about:

“When these kinds of injuries occur in a strength athlete—especially one who is competing—it can be devastating because our tendency is to “work through the pain.” However, what happens is we overcompensate because of the pain and wind up exacerbating the original injury. We often end up with more pain than we had in the beginning.” – from Mike Westerdal’s article on Active Release Therapy

So… Frustrated with your flexibility? Unable to get comfortable enough with a movement to do it well? Feeling in pain? The answer, folks, is to begin to learn as much as you can about self-myofascial release – or, the fine art of singing in pain on a tennis ball.

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