It’s time to talk a FOAM ROLLER…
I’ve had many discussions regarding the foam roller and Dr Guy Voyer finally clarified!🤯
So, without further ado, I will present the FACTS, NOT MY OPINION, regarding BASIC PHYSIOLOGY of our connective tissue!
Fascia fibers are made up of collagen, reticulin and elastin. Collagen moves water and manages tension. Reticulin forms our scar tissue. Elastin provides fascia with elasticity.
If we roll against the fascia fibers the collagen tubules break. When collagen tubules break, reticulin has to replace collagen, thus creating scar tissue in the fascia. The fascia cannot absorb as much water and decreases in elasticity. Dry fascia is stuck and fixed and will have a domino affect on the on the fascia chain leaving you with PAIN, TIGHTNESS, DECREASED MOBILITY!
The question was asked “if you roll in the same direction as the fascia fibers, does the foam roller have benefit?” The answer, YES!
There is a BUT!
BUT, do you know the direction in which your fascia runs to use the foam roller correctly? 😦
For example, many use the foam roller on their IT BAND. There is deep and superficial fascia of the IT BAND. Some fibers run vertically, some run horizontally, and some run obliquely. We call this omnidirectional. Depending on your pressure depends on which fascia layer you are rolling! If you don’t know which way your fascia runs and how much pressure to use, you are replacing collagen with reticulin creating dry stuck fascia and an addiction to foam rolling! 😫
THE BENEFITS OF FOAM ROLLING blindly… NONE! 😭