Dec 14, 2012
When Foam Rolling and Mobility Aren’t Enough
We try really hard to consistently incorporate mobility work into our programming. There isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t do hip and thoracic mobility. Unfortunately, we all have our own (albeit common) mobility / flexibility / motor control issues from years of training, sitting at desks, old injuries, etc.
Our version of self-myofascial release and soft tissue therapy (fancy ways of saying foam rolling, etc.) are generally effective and a good way to reduce the soreness we feel from exercise and stimulate blood flow to our muscles. Theres an important lesson here though: there is NO substitute for quality hands on manual therapy. By this, I mean working with an expert massage therapist, physical therapist, ART/dry needling practitioner, or anyone else with manual therapy skills.
If you are in pain, have a nagging mobility issue, or just feel beat up and need a tune up you need to find a professional to work with. I will say this stuff doesn’t come cheap, but it is worth every penny. If you are training hard, you need to invest in your recovery like you invest in your training. 2012 end of the year goal: get a good deep tissue massage!
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