We tend to lose the elasticity in our joints and the connective tissue as we begin to age, and the good news is that a massage can reduce the stiffness and soreness of your muscles to a great extent. But massages are expensive; they are a luxury befitting those with a lot of money to spare. How about a cheaper way to do it? Like the foam roller exercises!
The foam roller is an inexpensive long tube that will work against your pain. The routine which is designed by Michelle F. Schwahn a physical therapist and personal trainer based in Minnesota breaks up your fibrous tissue and boosts circulation which makes you less sore. In fact these roller foam exercises can relieve your muscle tension and free you of pain in a matter of just 10 minutes.
While performing any of the Thoracic Spine foam roller exercises, always keep your abdominal muscles lightly contracted. In addition, always maintain a neutral spine in your neck and lower back, avoiding any arching that may occur. If you experience any pain, immediately stop performing the exercise.
Releasing your quadriceps (quads) is one of the easiest foam roller exercises. Simply lay on top of the roller using your hands for balance and work the front of the thigh from the hip down to the knee.