Do you have soreness and tightness post-workout? You’re not alone.

The foam roller, often used before and after exercising, has become a go-to for many athletes (and those who are trying to be). Along with traditional stretching, a foam roller helps to limit soreness and tightness of certain muscles, and increases blood flow to the areas you are concentrating on.

For runners, the foam roller can help you avoid many sport-related injuries. Many PTs will urge you to be mindful that a foam roller can help with prevention, but not so much with rehabbing injuries. If you have a chronic injury, like a muscle tear, see a PT about it.

Like any other fitness-related gadget, the foam roller works best when it is actually used! Don’t buy it and leave it under the bed or in the garage.

The Bad & Good News

The bad: if you’re unable to target and see improvements with your muscle aches, visit your PT. There could be a deeper issue that may stem from instability in an entirely different part of your body.

The good: With Direct Access, you can see a PT at any time, without a referral from a doctor. Our clinics can get you into the office immediately – sometimes that very same day – to assess what’s going on and set up a plan of care to have you back to doing the things you love.


The foam roller is not just for your quads and hamstrings. It can be used on any part of your body – stay away from muscle tears!

Video information: Ashley Borden is a professional fitness expert. She trains both celebrities and pro athletes.


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