Update: the app has been updated with guides by activity and injury and is now available for Android!
We all love the indulgence of a good massage for pain relief and relaxation. For athletes, massage provides a host of practical benefits as well: soft tissue therapy has been shown to do wonders for the treatment of overworked or injured muscles, as well as for the prevention of new injuries. Flexibility and joint mobility are improved. Targeted pressure can also hasten recovery, breaking up lactic acid and increasing circulation to help move wastes from muscle tissue.
In an ideal world, we’d have the time and money to go get a professional massage whenever we needed or wanted one— to treat the kinks and sore muscles from running, working out or just plain working. Luckily for those of us that are time and cash-strapped, there’s a tool that has become the athlete’s best friend: the foam roller.
The foam roller is a foam cylinder (think pool noodle, but shorter and more dense) that allows you to use your own bodyweight to apply pressure to trigger points and sore, knotted muscles. It’s inexpensive, versatile and portable, but not especially intuitive when it comes to the myofascial release of smaller, deeper muscles.
The Foam Roller Techniques app is a handy new app with over 4 videos per muscle, in easy and hard variations, demonstrated by Dr. Ryan Emmons. Over 100 videos total (and more being added as free updates) cover the most effective ways to release the tightness in over 26 muscle groups. And all the videos are contained in the app, so no internet connection is required after download to access. So you can use it in the gym, on the road or wherever you need it!
This app is brand new and currently available in the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for $2.99. Small price to pay to learn the art of effective, therapeutic self-massage, right?
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