only are GTO’s useful in preventing
injury, but they also play an important
role in something called PNF Stretching.
Muscular contractions that precede
a passive stretch will stimulate the
GTO, causing muscle relaxation and
allowing for a greater range of motion.
Foam Rolling Exercises & Therapy
can actually simulate this muscle
tension! Essentially, by foam rolling
stretching with the foam roller, you
can receive many of the same benefits
of traditional stretching, and then
Self-Myofascial Release (described
above) by Foam Rolling Exercising
will not only help to increase muscle
length (like traditional stretching)
but will also breakdown soft tissue
adhesions and scar tissue! Some of
my personal training clients have
noticed dramatic reductions in lower
back and hip pain with regular Foam
Roller Stretching and Exercising.
How to use the Foam Roller:
roll your body (focusing on each muscle)
over the Foam Roller and pause over
the most tender areas. As the discomfort
begins to diminish, move on to other
tender areas. During personal training,
you will learn the proper foam rolling
stretching technique and will focus
on specific muscles that are tight
on your body.