There are so many options of foam rollers, self-massage tools, and vitamins that claim to help you recover faster or become more injury resistant. They come in all shapes and sizes, cost anywhere from a little to a lot, and help to focus on different areas of your body. The use foam rollers as a treatment focuses on a technique called Myofascial Release.
Myofascial Release is a safe and effective technique that applies (sometimes not so) gentle sustained pressure into your Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion (1). Basically, you use a foam roller to work out knots and stiffness to restore your flexibility and range of motion (mobility). There is much more to what Mayofascial Release really is, but this is just a high-lever overview. Typically when you foam roll, you should work the foam roller in a 1-3 inch back and forward motion focusing more intensely over knots. Most foam rollers are cylindrical, but there are some rollers that have different shapes.
I got to test the Rollga foam roller and was curious about what I would discover when I tested it out. The design of normal foam rollers has been flawed in my opinion since they came out. The reason is that when you roll, especially on your back and hip areas, there is no way to avoid putting pressure on vital areas like your spine or possibly bruising or damaging the muscles and other connective tissues in your hip. I have tried a few shaped rollers in the past and many of them work well. I was excited to see the difference between them and the Rollga. Here is a video that explains why the Rollga has contours?
I have been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis and calf/Achilles pain over the past year. The Rollga website says it can help reverse the pain caused by shin splints, stabilizing your hips, aligning your back, and increasing range of motion in your shoulders. The grooves on the Rollga are different depths and can focus on different areas of your body.
After using my Rollga for a few months, I can say that it is not only better than the traditional cylindrical foam rollers, but it is better than many of the more expensive foam (and other compound) rollers that I have tested, which has been about 10 so far. I love the cut-outs and the way they don’t crush my spine. I also really like that you can use the grooves to focus on the outsides of your legs. The one area which I used this on the most though was on my calves and Achilles. The center two bumps did a great job of really focusing on breaking down the stiffness in my calves. It is truly something that you cannot achieve with a traditional roller.
How to use Rollga
Another very important factor in my eyes as to why the Rollga is so great is that it starts at $34.97 and their most expensive version is $49.97 (the main differences are the firmness or how hard the roller is). I normally use a very stiff/hard foam roller, but the Silver Rollga Genesis ($39.97), which is a standard stiffness, worked great for me. You can even get a carrying strap for $3.00 if you want to take the roller with you.
Rollga has an awesome YouTube page with a bunch of videos that is continuously updated. They have a 60-day money back guarantee and a 2-year warranty. With your purchase you get an easy to follow user guide, a downloadable (free) Rollga App, and access to a private Facebook Group of users where you can ask questions or get advice. This all adds up to a great product that is backed by the company that goes above and beyond to make sure you enjoy their product. I am thoroughly impressed with it all.
Contoured ridges helps workout knots
No pressure on your spine
Awesome 60-Day Money Back Guarantee
Rollga App and Facebook Group provides plenty of info
Great price at $34.97-$49.97
Rollga’s Social Media Links
I honestly was just testing another foam roller that made big promises and had fairly low expectations. While the science and claims seemed great, you never know until you really put these items to the test. I am happy to report that the Rollga Foam Roller blew me away. It is by far the best foam roller that I have reviewed and would highly recommend it to anybody, whether you are a runner, cyclist, or just want to roll out the kinks. The price point is great and the extras can’t be beat.
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.