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Foam Rolling is a form of therapeutic tool to break down muscle tissue which has become solidified. When we look at the instances as to why we would use Foam Rolling often people will inform you Foam Rolling is beneficial after Training or when they suffer from muscle spasms.

Muscle tissue will go through several stages when finishing exercise, we need to remember training muscle tissue to failure will produce the onset of muscle tears, and we need to replenish our tissues with the right form of Nutrition, alongside this we may also need to alleviate muscle soreness by Foam Rolling on the area which feels the after effect of exercise.

Foam Rolling is a good measure which will reduce and sometimes eradicate muscle spasms altogether after a series of sessions. We need to remember by dealing with the origin of muscle spasms we will fix the problem.

The difficulty when we Foam Roll, and we have series of muscles which have compensated one another, drawing attention to Foam Rolling a compensated muscle which has gone into spasm due to an issue elsewhere, we will not deal with the issue unless compression is made on the origin Trigger Point site and not a compensated area.

Why do muscles draw into spasm when a primary muscle is first of all in spasm, the issue here is the body will protect itself, other areas will draw themselves into the scenario ensuring injury is prevented.

If our wrist hypothetically speaking is locked and we are struggling to manoeuvre the forearm, we can easily see problems then relate to the shoulder, then muscle spasms will begin to also concentrate here as well as the forearm spasm.

How do we then alleviate spasm? Using the Neil Ashier technique we place pressure on the site of spasm, we then release the spasm after six to eight seconds, give yourself a period of rest before placing more pressure again.  

This motion can be completed three to four times and if no alleviation can be found you must stop. You can try at a later date, but if the pain should be tolerable and only to mild discomfort. We also need to ensure we are fit for the purpose, so we are not doing Trigger Point Therapy after an acute injury.


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