If you like adventure and you hate pain, then this post is for you!
Whether your tool of choice is a bicycle or a pair of skis, staying active is important to you. Maybe you want to blast down the mountain faster, or maybe you just want to look good naked. Regardless of your reasons and methods of recreational exercise, you’re an active human who wants to stay active.
As an active human, you’ve no doubt encountered a setback at some point. Maybe it was your low back? Your knees? Your shoulders? When pain strikes, it not only puts a damper on your joints but also your mindset. PAIN SUCKS, mentally and physically. This post is not a magic bullet intended to diagnose or treat any illnesses. However, with a little knowledge and understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology you may be able to take care of a lot of these nagging pains on your own without having to leave your living room.
How would you like to be able to do one (or all) of the following?
- Increase your joint mobility
- Decrease your risk of injury
- Decrease your current pain
- Increase the quality of your sleep
SELF MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (SMR) TOOLS
Foam rollers, tennis and lacrosse balls, rolling pins and Thera Canes®. If you’ve been to a legit training center in the last five years you’ve likely encountered at least one of these tools. However, if you’re an everyday climber, hiker, biker or just someone who loves to hit the mountains on the weekend then you may be less familiar with them.
If you’ve ever been to a massage therapist, chiropractor or ART specialist, then you know the power of bodywork. What you may not know is that you can do a decent amount of this bodywork on your own with the tools mentioned above.
Rolling around on a lacrosse ball is cool, but if you really want to see the benefits of SMR, then you need to know WHY you’re doing it. If you know WHY you’re doing it, then you’re more likely to stick with it; and just like everything else, consistency gets results. If your trainer, coach or body-worker is having you apply SMR techniques, then they should be able to explain the ins and outs. Ask questions. Knowledge is power and in this case, that power may lead you down an injury free and more mobile road!
The next post in this series will cover the science of why these modalities work and how they are best applied.