Foam rollers are useful during yoga practice. Before I dive into helping you select a high density foam roller I want to address the main two reasons why you should be using one.
Reduce injuries. Warming up with a foam roller, can greatly reduce the severity and likelihood of injury. It will activate the muscles and begin to pump blood through.
Decrease recovery times. Using it after exercising will mimic a deep tissue massage. This has two benefits. Improved blood flow, which helps carry nutrients and oxygen to the muscles and the removal of toxins.
In order to select the foam roller lower back for your needs ask yourself the following questions:
1) How often do you plan on using it?
I primarily do my rolling at home, so my EVA has stood the test of time, but if you’re using yours several times a week avoid purchasing a generic EPE or EVA. Both of these will quickly elongate and begin to oval. If you plan on using one daily, I would spend the money and purchase a higher quality one. I’ve used everything from The Grid, the Rumble Roller and all three types of generic rollers, the Grid remains the most versatile on the market.
2) How long have you been rolling?
Although it varies from person to person, if you’ve just started, chances are it hurts like hell. If you fall under this category you can start with a standard EPE. These aren’t very dense and will start to break down scar tissue and lengthen your muscles. As your scar tissue breaks down so will your EPE roller, at which time you can opt to upgrade to a superior model.
3) What area are you planning on focusing on?
I use two rollers depending on which area I’m targeting. Nothing is better than the Rumble Roller for hitting hard to reach areas such as your hip flexors or your shin muscles. The grooves can target those areas far more efficiently than any of the other options on the market place. That said, it’s highly ineffective for rolling large muscles, such as your IT Band, which require longer “strokes”. The reason is it doesn’t roll as effectively due to it’s bumps, it’s easier to roll with a perfectly round model.
This is an important question you need to ask yourself. Purchasing a cheap solid EVA yoga roller is significantly better than avoiding them all together. They start in the $10-$15 range and as a result it’s a relatively cost effective way to experience the benefits of deep tissue massage in the comfort of your home. If you’re active and can afford to spend more, you will certainly find a more expensive model, a great investment.
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