Why the benefits of foam rolling are actually thanks to your nervous system
Why you should foam roll!
Foam rolling’s recommended as an
essential recovery tool with the general but vague and ambivalent theory that it ‘loosens muscles’. That’s something professor David Behm set about investigating by having 20 male subjects split into a foam-rolling (FR) and non-FR group, before participating in five testing sessions. The FR group performed a 20min FR session at the end of each testing session.
And what did Behm and his team discover? That FR resulted in less muscle soreness, higher vertical leaps and greater flexibility. That matched the positive outcomes of numerous studies, but Behm believes it has nothing to do with easing muscle stress, suggesting for that to have an impact would require much higher forces than a human could apply on themselves. Instead, Behm says, it’s down to firing up the athlete’s nervous system, which registers and reacts to pain. Further research from Japan supports this notion, linking FR with improved arterial flexibility and vascular function.
It may not give you wings but a foam roller will ease muscle soreness and increase flexibility… but in a different way to how many have assumed THESECRETSTUDIO.NET