The Foam Roller – Benefits and Uses

Foam Rollers or Stability Rolls are used for stretching, flexibility, Myofascial Release and for dynamic strengthening. Foam Rollers can be integrated into many forms of training including; functional, balance and stability, core conditioning, strength training and for rehabilitation.

Foam Rollers

What are the benefits of the Foam roller?

It can assist in:

  • Releasing tension in connective tissues
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Improving blood circulation throughout skin, muscles and tendons
  • Helping to mobilise the spine
  • Increasing core stability and flexibility
  • Improving balance, posture, proprioception and co-ordination.

The foam roller is:

  • Easy to store
  • Versatile
  • Effective
  • Lightweight & portable
  • Simple to use


When can a foam roller be used?

  • Individually, with a personal trainer, in small groups and in mainstream studio classes.
  • Used in all types if workouts including strength and conditioning.
  • For tight muscles before or after physical activity
  • For use in conjunction with rehabilitation and to compliment physiotherapy treatment


Areas a foam roller can be used:

In all types of workouts for;

  • Upper body
  • Core
  • Lower body

The foam roller is particularly effective on tight ITB muscles


Why do our Physiotherapists recommend foam roller?

“The Foam Roller is very good for fascia release. It releases tightness in the ITB. The foam roller helps to mobilise the spine, reduces stiffness around the middle back and the pectoral muscles.

In the next instalment we will be looking at the benefits of Therapeutic Hand Putty and how it can be used effectively.