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Rollers & Mats

Rollers and Mats

These rollers are normally made up of foam and used for physiotherapy purposes. The ultimate aim of the roller is to relieve the pain and tension amongst the body muscles as well as increasing the range of motion. It is usually a kind of dense cylinder which ends up used as a self-relief tool to get rid of the muscles that are tight or having knots

The mats are used for physiotherapy or you may say, for exercise purposes. The mats are used in for rehabilitation or physical therapy. It also helps up in enhancing the PT progress and programs. The mats are designed in such a way to help develop stability and balance, strengthen and mobilize the muscles in the torso and the limbs, and ultimately help or prepare the patient in sitting, walking, kneeling and etc.

What all are the types of Physiotherapy Rollers ?

There could be various kind of rollers, some of them are as follows:

  1. Soft Foam Rollers
  2. Firm Foam Rollers
  3. Grid Foam Rollers
  4. Deep Tissue Foam Rollers
  5. Vibrating Foam Rollers, etc.

What all are the types of Physiotherapy Mats ?

There could be various types of mats, some of them are as follows:

  1. Gym Mats
  2. PT Artificial Turf Mats / Roll
  3. Plyometric Rubber Sport Mat / Roll
  4. Athletic Vinyl Padded Mat / Roll, etc.

What is know to be a Rolling Therapy ?

Rolling therapy would normally help the patient out in guiding and improving blood circulation to the region to reduce muscle tightening and assist the healing process.

What generally is the use of a Mat in physiotherapy ?

Mat activities / exercises in physiotherapy would ultimately help the patient out in improving the posture and developing the core strength of the body very especially if the patient uses a wheel chair to move around.

What are the advantages of using a Roller ?

There could be plethora of advantages of using a roller as a physiotherapy equipment, some of the plus points are as follows:

  • Faster Fitness Result
  • Improves Posture
  • Simple Self-Massage
  • Improve Flexibility without Impairing Strength
  • Reduces Injury and Speeds Up Recovery, etc.

  • What are the known advantages of Mat exercises in physiotherapy ?

    There could be plethora of advantages of using a mat as a physiotherapy equipment, some of the plus points are as follows:

  • Reduces the Risk of Injury
  • Improves Oxygen Consumption
  • Improves Spine Stability
  • Increases the Support and Control of the extremities, such as limbs and the hands, etc.

  • How can we put the Physiotherapy Foam Rollers in use ?

    Using physiotherapy foam rollers could also end up being uncomfortable, so it’s better to be gentle with it rather than going too harsh just when you’re about to learn how to use it. You can easily and conveniently adjust the intensity of the rollers as per how your body actually responds to it. You can increase the risk of bruising or damaging the muscles furtherly by rolling too intensely.

    Following are the steps for ideal use of the physiotherapy foam rollers:

    1. Pin point the tight or sore area of your body muscle.
    2. Carefully control your body as you would normally lower down your targeted area so it would ultimately be centered around the roller.
    3. Then further, you lower down your body onto the foam roller until you reach the point where you start to feel uncomfortable ( No Pain But ) and just hold it there.
    4. Further, just hold it for 20-30 seconds.
    5. The pressure created would alone provide benefits but you can also roll back and forth slowly to further stimulate the targeted area.
    6. Just normally further continue to move along the muscles.

    As side by side, using the roller for the therapy try to experiment with adjusting slight body positions in order to find the most convenient and effective technique. As well as, remember to breath.

    What all are the common Mat exercises in physiotherapy ?

    Some of the most common mat exercises that could majorly help you out are as follows:

  • Rolling
  • Prone on Elbow
  • Prone to Hands
  • Supine on Elbow
  • Pull Ups
  • Sitting
  • Lifting
  • Quadruped Position
  • Kneeling ( Paraplegia ), etc.

  • What all could be the common Foam Roller exercises in physiotherapy ?

    Foam roller exercises are commonly designed in order to target a specific group of muscles.

    Some of the most common foam roller exercises that could majorly help you out are as follows:

  • Calf Exercise
  • Iliotibial ( IT ) Band Exercise
  • Quadriceps Exercise
  • Hamstring Exercise
  • Adductor Exercise
  • Gluteus Maximus ( Glutes ) Exercise
  • Upper Back Exercise
  • Latissimi Dorsi ( Lats ) Exercise, etc.

  • What is the other name of the Mat exercises ?

    Pilates is the other name of the mat exercises and it is known as repetitive exercises which are ultimately done on a yoga mat or any other equipment which promote flexibility, stability and strength.

    What type of therapy is known as Foam Rolling ?

    Myofascial release is a formal name of a soft tissue work. Moreover, it can reduce the tension and muscle pain ultimately caused by sticking between fascia and muscles.

    Can we put Foam Rollers on daily basis use ?

    Yes, it is considered perfectly safe to put the foam rollers on daily basis use. Foam rolling and stretching can serve you with the same purpose or could have a same effect. It can also be considered an essential to the prevention of an injury by decreasing soft tissue density, increasing the blood flow and relaxing the tight muscles.

    Can yoga mats be considered same as exercise Mat ?

    The yoga mat is considered to have a comparatively better surface structure than the regular exercise mat. Yoga mats have would a rougher structure in order to have more grip on the mat because some of the exercise postures need or require it.

    What all are the areas where we shouldn’t use a Roller ?

    Some of the areas where you shouldn’t use a roller are as follows:

  • Shins
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Elbow Hips
  • Foam rollers are basically designed for the soft tissues or the muscles and not the joints.

    How can you choose an ideal Mat ?

    You can choose an ideal mat by keeping the following features or the keys in your mind:

  • Durability of the mat
  • Grip of the mat
  • Comfort of the mat
  • Stability of the mat

  • Who all shouldn’t use a Foam Roller ?

    A person or a patient who would usually have a hard time getting up or down from a floor should definitely not perform any self-myofascial release with a roller and only stick with static stretching from a standing position or a seated position.

    Can Foam Rollers cause any kind of nerve damage ?

    The focusing of the roller on one spot for a longer time might end up irritating the nerve or can damage the tissue, which can ultimately cause further inflammation and bruising.

    Are Mats considered to be good enough to put in use ?

    Yes, working out without a mat might develop a risk of injury, especially on hardwood floor. A mat would normally provide you with needed cushioning in order to protect the joints as well as the traction to further keep you in a stable state during an exercise.