I started foam rolling years ago, after research the internet what could be wrong with my legs (thighs).
Years ago I got sharp pain in my thighs from weight lifting, the side of my thighs and upper front thighs.
Every time I tried to lift,I got a sharp pain in both legs (it started with one side first).
I tried to rest, but as soon as I got started again I felt the sharp pain.
I search the internet about my symptoms and it could be anything! But I tried to rest, warm up good and stretch etc, but nothing helped.
I went to a doctor,and he did not know what it was, he gave my anti-inflammatory medication and send me home.
I did not helped…
I decided to call a profession ( a chiropractor ), He said that I had this and that, and he told me to only do glute bridges and stiff deadlifts until I had strengthened my glutes (say what??! I mean my glutes where strong and big! ) and also hip flexors he told me.
Anyways, I did what he said and I went to him for 4-5 treatments.
After months, I tried to lift again light, but as soon as I lifted the pain went back!
I was really frustrated and sad and yes, I cried because I did not what to do, I really love working out and that is my life and something was wrong with my thighs and nobody knew the problem.
I continued to search the internet, and then came a cross a site about “trigger points”
I kept reading it and saw that I had pain in those trigger points areas the picture showed.
And I said out load ” Yes, this might be it!!! I need to give this a try!”
In the beginning I used a ball to roll over,and did it twice a day, I hurt like hell lol
Then I decide to buy a real foam roller,and I kept rolling twice a day.
After 2 weeks, I started to feel better,and after 1 months or so I felt pretty good
I started to train light and I had NO pain!
My tears of joy went over me and I thank God for this tool!
I did foam rolling for about 6 months or so and then I stopped.
After about 2 years I guess my trigger points got active again and I started to feel pain.
I started to foam roll again and then after a couple of weeks I got better.
And then I skipped foam rolling again and then It came back.
So I know that foam rolling for me is important to keep my muscles healthy,
It seems like my thigh muscles get too tight and develop these muscle knots
If I train strict and don’t get massage.
Now I foam roll about every other day because I don’t want trigger points to stay active.
Foam rolling is definitely a BIG HIT for me!
And I think everyone who weight train or be active should foam roll, because it is a substitute for real massage and deep tissue massage to keep your muscle healthy and recover faster etc.
These day’s I also use a rolling pin instead of a foam roller because I can go deeper and harder with that one 🙂
You can use anything, like a tennis ball, a bottle of water,a ball or anything.
But, I do recommend you to use a softer one in the beginning because it will hurt like hell.
After a couple of weeks you can use a harder one.
For more info about trigger points and foam rolling, you can visit THIS SITE
A full body foam rolling video from youtube