Mar 30, 2009
PICK UP A FOAM ROLLER, PEOPLE: Ye Olde Post about Foam Rolling
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: