National Foam Rolling Day
National Foam Rolling Day is a day that’s observed on May 11th every and recognizes a surprisingly effective method of eliminating muscles knots and reducing soreness in muscles. Using a foam roller is also a great way for people to increase their flexibility using the technique of Self-Myofascial Release. Although some people may have just noticed foam rollers, they have been around for over a hundred years. However, with that said, we can say that foam rolling is a technique that’s more popular than it has ever been and one that some people might want to try out on this day.
The History Of National Foam Rolling Day
This holiday was created by TriggerPoint in 2015. This company is one that’s dedicated to making a variety of massage products including hand-held rollers and massage sticks, vibrating post-workout massagers, and of course, foam rollers.
The Benefits Of Foam Rolling
Foam rolling has been increasing in popularity over the last few years and there are good reasons for that fact. Foam rolling is a great self-myofascial release, or SMR, a technique that can help relieve inflammation, tightness in muscle groups, and muscle soreness. Let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits that SMR may offer the user.
It May Reduce Muscle Pain
Although there’s not a lot of scientific studies on the effectiveness of foam rolling, there was one minor study that said that physically active men who foam rolled for 20-minutes after exercise, and then again 24 or 48-hours after exercise, experienced less muscle main than those men who didn’t exercise.
It Might Increase The Range Of Motion
Another benefit that hasn’t been completely investigated by is suggested by one minor study is that people might experience a better range of motion after using a foam roller. Once again, this was a small study, so more research has to be done before the effectiveness of foam rolling for increasing the range of motion is fully proven.
Other Potential Benefits Of Foam Rollers
Before we continue on, the following benefits of foam rollers haven’t been thoroughly proven by rigorous scientific studies, so consumers should take the following potential benefits with a grain of salt. With that being said, below are some supposed benefits of using a foam roller.
- Relieve back pain
- Manage fibromyalgia symptoms
- Reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Help with relaxation
Observing National Foam Rolling Day
This holiday is a good day for people who haven’t tried a foam roller to actually buy one and try it out. After all, as we’ve seen, foam rollers do have a wide range of benefits, when they’re used properly. While you’re observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalFoamRollerDay to let everyone know you’re celebrating this holiday.