Go Far takes pride in its active community and wants to help its athletes reach their peak performance. In order to stay active and train at your hardest, it is important to keep up with the stress you put on your body. Go Far has prepared some tips on how our active family can help prevent injuries and recover from intense workouts faster. Our first post in our health and self-care series focuses on the importance of massage rolling and how it can benefit your muscles.
Massage Rolling Explained:
Massage rolling or myofascial release therapy is defined as a hands-on soft tissue technique that facilitates a stretch into the restricted fascia with the result that after a few releases, the tissue will become softer and more pliable. Whether it is before a long run, hike, day of skiing, or a rigorous workout, taking advantage of proper rolling techniques can prepare your muscles to perform at the rate you need them to and reduce the risk of muscle strains or pulls. It has both pre-workout and post workout recovery benefits. Our favorite massage roller is the R8 and the R3 by Roll Recovery!
Pre-workout & Long Term Benefits:
Numerous studies have proven that effective rolling techniques increase short-term flexibility for before workouts. Additional studies have also shown long term improvements with flexibility and joint range of motion when performed on a regular basis. Implementing massage rolling into your normal pre-workout and stretching routine will help reduce your chance of injury and have you feeling fresh for your workout.
Post Workout & Recovery Benefits:
Rolling has also been proven to speed-up recovery time from strenuous workouts and reduce the inevitable pain that occurs with delayed onset muscle soreness. Although most rollers can be used on almost any part of the body that is feeling sore, some of the most popular areas athletes use rolling therapy on are their hamstrings, quadriceps, IT bands, calves, hip-flexors, glutes, and the soles of their feet. With the right instructions, rollers can also be used to work out knots in one’s back or even soreness in upper body muscles like, biceps, triceps, or pectoral muscles. Rolling out your muscles is a great technique to help cut down on recovery time and get you back on your feet for your next run or workout.
Regardless of your activity that you pursue, massage rolling is a huge benefit for all! Stop on into Go Far to learn more about massage rolling, check out the Roll Recovery products, or just chat!