Are your muscles feeling tight and sore? If you’re looking for a more affordable way to relieve soreness (because a weekly massage isn’t exactly budget-friendly), invest in a massage roller.

A massage roller is a cheaper, more portable alternative that helps you regain flexibility in your muscles by reducing soft tissue restrictions and improving blood circulation. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to use!

But like any equipment, there’s a right and wrong way to use it, and when you don’t use it properly, you can actually cause more harm than good. Want to know how to get the most out of your massage roller? Read on for our handy tips.

Don’t roll over joints or bones
Massage rollers are meant to loosen soft tissue such as muscles, fat, and skin, as opposed to harder bone surfaces and joints. If you roll bones and joints, you’ll end up hurting yourself and may even end up with a few unwanted bruises. Oh, and make sure you roll over muscles that are relaxed and not contracted!

Don’t apply too much pressure
Adding more pressure doesn’t necessarily make it more effective. Instead, apply enough pressure so your muscle feels like it’s being worked out without experiencing any extreme pain. If anything, the frequency is more important than intensity. Continue rolling over sore muscles with medium pressure for at least 30 seconds.

Use it before, during, and after a workout
The best part about massage rollers? It’s portable. Take it with you to your workout class so you can roll out muscles before, during, and after your workout as it will help your body maintain flexibility and mobility. Long story short, this means fewer injuries and less pain in the long run.

xx, The FabFitFun Team