60 seconds or less: Foam rolling

Posted on March 25, 2019

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(Last Updated On: March 25, 2019)

This is part of the Real Talk With Client Series. Click here for the rules. Go here to see other topics.

Should we foam roll?

No.

For most, just the position of foam rolling -holding your entire body up with your arms- is going to be exhausting.

Next, the notion of beating up your tissue to loosen it up…this has not been one of our finer ideas.

Somehow for all of humanity, we’ve understood bruising is an injury. One of the hallmarks of pain management is “if it hurts, don’t do it.” Yet with foam rolling? Bruising is “awesome; beautiful,” and “if it hurts, do it.”

Scar tissue is healed tissue. You get a bruise –aka tissue bleeding- the body heals that with scar tissue.

To then think you will break up the scar by bruising someone? No.

To also think you will specifically target the area you want? You’ll only break up the scar tissue, but not healthy tissue? Even more no.

Punching someone in the arm also causes bruising…that doesn’t make their arm healthier.

“My knee feels better after I roll my quad.”

If I punch you in the face, your knee will also feel better, because your mind will be taken away from the knee.

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