Foam rollers can be very helpful in relieving sore muscles and tension. However, it is recommended to review the techniques before you start the exercises to reap the full benefits, and avoid any injuries. The roller works to help release tight knots by elongating muscle tissue, breaking up scar tissue and relieving any existing trigger points.

This can be especially helpful with pain in the legs including the calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. It also helps with upper back pain located in the lateral and back muscles. Foam rolling increases flexibility and blood circulation, leading to a faster recovery from these injuries.

Below is a list of exercises you can do with a Foam Roller to target specific areas of your body:

Foam Roller Exercises

Make sure you have the right foam roller for the job as well. Take a look at the benefits of the different foam roller types here.

Exercises

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Full Body Foam Rolling Routine with Ashley Borden

A great beginner's video to foam rolling is this Full Body Foam Rolling Routine by Ashly Borden. This is a great routine to...
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Calf Muscle Exercises

Calf muscle strains are usually characterized by pain, swelling and bruising. This can be very painful and limit the movement of a person. Doing...
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Quad Exercises

Doing strenuous physical activities like running, playing sports like basketball and football and even just being exposed to a very cold weather can cause...
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Hamstring Exercises

A hamstring strain is one of the most painful and common types of injuries that athletes can suffer. This usually happens when the hamstring...