Tom Bullough Trigger Point Foam Roller


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These trigger point foam rollers are great quality and are at a very competitive price. A great tool to prepare yourself or help recover from tough training sessions. Very firm and durable at only 35cm long and hollow also make it a great addition to your kit bag.

Watch a short video of Tom Bullough explaining this product and how it helps golfers of all abilities;

In the last article Tom discussed why we need to maintain the flexibility in the muscles and joints, but how do we go about this? This is an area that many athletes and gym goers tend to overlook or continue to persevere with outdated techniques such as a quick jog on the treadmill or 1000m on the rowing machine.

Tom splits the warm up into 3 parts:

  • Improving tissue quality
  • Mobilisation of the muscles and joints.
  • Activation of the muscles.

This article is going to look at how we can improve tissue quality. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a personal masseur then we need to find an alternative to improve the quality of our muscle tissue.

Firstly, a quick look at the aims of what we are trying to achieve.

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The image above shows how the muscle tissue is composed from many layers of individual fibres running parallel to each other. Due to training, daily activities, inactivity etc these fibres can become tangled, short, tight, and have restricted blood flow. With the use of self myofascial release (SMR) we can realign the fibres, increase blood flow, and increase the length of the tissue.

SELF MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (poor mans massage)

Using a foam roller, rounders ball or massage stick roll along the length of the muscle fibre from bottom to top for 10-15 passes. The video below shows how to roll the major muscle groups as part of a comprehensive full body warm up.

STRETCHING

Once the muscle fibres and surrounding fascia have been realigned it is time to increase the length of the muscle by static stretching. It is important to note that we always stretch AFTER we have foam rolled. If you stretch a knotted muscle that knot will become tighter, shorter and much harder to remove. You will also have a negative effect on the function of that muscle.

The video below shows a full body stretching routine to carry out as part of your warm up.

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