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I first learned about foam rolling when I began to run. I was involved in training programs at my local Fleet Feet store, and after one training run, our coach gave us a clinic on how and why to use self massage, and he showed us the various rollers, balls, sticks, and other massage tools the store offered.
I’ve acquired various versions of these tools over the years, and I have used them fairly regularly. Then, TEAR! OUCH! MAMA MIA! I fell into the clutches of a strained hip flexor this past fall. I saw both a physical therapist and a running coach who both prescribed various exercises to build more strength in the surrounding gluteus and piriformis muscles. They both also prescribed lots of rolling with a stick and a lacrosse ball to help the scar tissue in my legs to heal faster and to reorganize as the muscle tissue should be in a healthy state.
In my time off from running, I read the book Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry. He explained the need for rolling and self massage in a way that makes a lot of sense to someone who isn’t a scientist or doctor, like me. Imagine healthy fascia (the sheet of connective tissue under your skin that attaches and stabilizes your muscles) and the muscles themselves. When these tissues are healthy, they are long and organized next to each other, like a bunch of drinking straws packed neatly into a carton.
When we run, we damage this tissue, and it bunches and tangles in itself. Imagine those drinking straws dumped out into a pile.
Rolling a massage roller over the built up scar tissue helps it to get ‘reorganized’ or healthy again, more quickly.
At any rate, I found that my hip flexor started to heal more quickly, the more I used self massage.
When I had the chance to test the Addaday Pro Roller as a BibRave Pro, I jumped on it. I had been using the demo model of the Pro Roller at Fleet Feet before and after all of my group training runs, and I love the way the varied wheels of this roller work. As Addaday explains on its website:
The Pro roller features a PATENTED DESIGN that offers both soft and medium density Skin Surface Technology (SST). SST allows the massage gears to connect accurately with the human skin and fascia. The roller offers the user a massage that feels either firmer or softer. The Pro roller also offers a pinpoint precision gear that can target hard to reach areas such as the achilles, shin, shoulders, and forearm.
I’ve been using the Pro Roller daily: while watching television in the evening, and before and after a run from my house. I drove to a local trail for a run today, and I threw the Pro Roller in my bag so that I could use it right before and after.
If you are in the market for a massage roller, whether it’s your first or you want an upgrade, the Addaday Pro Roller is a great choice.