We are thrilled to be partnering with Cardio Barre DFW/Southlake to host complimentary foam rolling classes after your workout. Come join us Sunday, November 8th at 2-3:30 for the Cardio Barre class, and then at 3:30pm for our foam rolling class! Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited. Foam Rolling has been used by professional athletes, coaches and therapists for a long time but now has transformed as an everyday practice for people at every level of fitness. The main purpose of foam rolling is to release trigger points which help to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movement, and ultimately, to enhance performance. Utilizing stretching alone is not always enough to release muscles tightness, which is why foam rollers have thrived. Imagine a bungee cord with a knot tied into it and then envision stretching the cord. This creates tension, stretching the unknotted portion of the muscle and the attachment points. The knot, however, has remained unaltered. Foam rolling can assist in breaking up these muscle knots or scar tissue adhesions and helping to resume normal blood flow and function. The goal to any corrective or recovery technique is to get you back to the point of normal functioning, as if nothing was ever wrong. These roller exercises are just as important as stretching. Many muscles can be foam rolled but the key ones to start with are IT band, TFL, Glutes, and Calves. You should focus on each muscle group for about a minute every other day. The foam roller benefits are: Increased Blood Flow Increased Range of Motion Increased Injury Prevention Decrease Recovery Time Decreased Muscle Tension It is always recommended to consult with your chiropractor or physical therapist for questions regarding therapeutic/sharp pain and receive approval before starting self-myofascial release or foam rolling. For most people you will be cleared immediately and your doctor will encourage the practice. After foam rolling your targeted muscles, you may be sore the next day. It should feel as if your muscles have been worked/released, however you should not push yourself to the point of excessive soreness. Drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and eat clean. This will help to flush your system and fuel your muscles more effectively. Give it 24-48 hours before focusing on the same area again. At Mindful Chiropractic and Wellness in Irving/Las Colinas, we specialize in a myofascial release technique called Active Release Technique (ART) to remove scar tissue in your muscles that your roller exercises aren’t resolving. Give us a call today at 972-719-9101 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Price. She looks forward to helping your reach your personal and athletic health goals.