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Why Foam Rollers are So Fantastic!

By Sara Butler

Foam rollers have become really popular to use. No doubt you've seen them at the gym or maybe even at the chiropractor's office. If you're foam roller curious, then it's time to acquaint yourself with all the things about foam rollers that make them fantastic and why they should be a part of your exercise routine.

They're Safe

If you have an injury to a specific muscle, then you should avoid using a foam roller on that muscle. But if you use a foam roller on muscles simply using your own body weight, then you can do it without the risk of injury. It's important that you stop foam rolling if you feel pain. If you do, then ease up.

Additionally, using a foam roller to increase blood flow to your muscles before a workout can help to reduce your chances of injury. That makes your workout safer -- all by simply using a foam roller.

They're Easy

Some fitness tools on the market can be confusing and overly complicated to use -- and that may scare you from ever trying to use it. Foam rollers aren't complicated. They're easy to use, inexpensive, and most importantly, they work! You simply roll them over your tight or sore muscles to find relief.

They're a Great Tool

Warming up can be made easier with a foam roller. They help to increase the flow of blood to the muscles to help prepare them for exercise. In fact, studies have shown that using a foam roller can also increase your range of motion, which can then help to make your performance better when you do a workout.

They Make You More Aware

Part of being healthy and working out is creating a bond with your body. You listen to it, you push it to its limits, and you do things with the intention of making yourself healthier. When you foam roll, it helps you to further bond with your own body and learn how your muscles feel, adjusting when you need to maximize the benefits.

Foam rolling can be really great for you in a variety of ways, but probably the best is that it helps your muscles to feel good. Don't be intimidated by a foam roller -- ask the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for some foam rolling tips!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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