Not many of us can afford daily deep-tissue massage, but with a foam roller you can massage and rinse your muscles directly at home.
If you have had an intense workout and are still aching or tense after stretching, then you may need a muscle roll. When you release the tension in your muscles (especially after they contract and expand during exercise), foam rollers can help you avoid future injuries, increase flexibility, and even relieve stress by breaking up your tight muscles and preventing muscle fatigue accelerate the recovery after training.
Since your health is not a joke, we've looked at different muscle roles that are tailored to your needs, budget, and functionality. Whether it's price, size, muscle therapy or portability, we've taken care of you.
Best Foam Roller for Your Budget: BalanceFrom High Density Foam Roller (9 ̵
1; 20 USD)
The BalanceFrom high density foam roller is definitely the best bang for your buck. With 4 sizes to choose from (12, 18, 24 and 32 inches long) you get an extra strong and dense foam roller with a smooth surface that will not bend or move even after heavy use. Feel the difference between the pain of your body after a long run or heavy lift, after you have put the BalanceFrom on the floor and rolled your muscles over the surface. Whether you want the 32-inch roller for a full-body massage, the 12-inch roller for a more targeted stretch, or the 18-inch or 24-inch roller for any kind of stretching, the BalanceFrom is a great option for combined price and functionality is. This simple foam roller is also great if you're just starting physiotherapy, as you can cost-effectively target your muscles and find out which size best suits your needs.
Best Textured Deep Tissue Roller: 321 STRONG Foam Roller ($ 22)
While the BalanceFrom Foam Roller can relieve tension in your muscles, you may be looking for an even deeper massage. The 321 STRONG Foam Roller features 3 unique massage zones (or sublime textures) that mimic a therapist's hand during a massage, so you can get rid of those annoying muscles or joint pain.
A zone has a concentrated number of small protrusions that represent the thumbs of a massage. Another zone has longer protrusions that imitate the fingers, and the last zone, which is the largest and gentlest of the three, represents the palms. All three zones combine a deep massage with varying pressures to help flush out byproducts such as lactic acid from the muscles. In addition, a tissue roll with intense texturing should prove more effective than a smooth surface.
The 321 STRONG Foam Roller is approx. 13 cm long and available in 9 different colors. After all, this foam roller can withstand up to 500 pounds, so you know it's durable and can not tear, as is the case with cheap foam rollers.
Best Wheel Scooter: UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel ($ 40)
If you've read our article on Yoga Accessory you already know how we feel about the UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel. Not only does this wheel help you with your yoga poses, it can also open and stretch your back. The UpCircleSeven can withstand up to 550 pounds and will not bend under pressure (although it's a hollow 12 × 5-inch wheel!).
This bike also has a thick padding that cushions your body while rolling. In addition, the outer surface of the wheel is only 5 inches wide, allowing the muscles to roll out between the shoulders that normal (and longer) foam rollers can not reach. This makes UpCircleSeven an effective tool to stretch your upper and lower back, whether you're doing yoga or not.
Best Smooth Hollow Roller: Pro-Tec Athletics Hollow Core Foam Roller ($ 35)
If you're just starting out with a foam roller, feel comfortable with a hollow style like the Pro-Tec Athletics Hollow Core Foam Roller. Smooth, hollow rollers tend to be less dense and stress the muscles less than a solid roller. With less pressure you will probably experience less severe pain as you stretch and break the muscles with the roller.
Just because this roller is hollow does not mean that it is not stable. With its thin outer layer of foam and a strong plastic inner tube, the Pro-Tec is just as durable as a solid roller. And since it's hollow, it makes traveling easier – just put it in your bag and stash your clothes or stuff along the length of the tube (which is 13 inches long).
Best Portable Foam Roller: Brazyn Morph Trek Foam Roller ($ 68)
If you're looking for more portable foam roller than the Pro Tec, you should look at the Brazyn Morph Trek Foam Roller. It's a foldable foam roll that's 1.5 pounds in size and only measures 14.5 x 6.25 x 1.85 inches when it's flat. Just pull on the ropes at the end of the collapsed roll and you'll quickly get a steady muscle roll! To collapse the brazyn, press both circular tabs on the sides of the tube.
This roller is made of a medium foam that is neither too soft nor too hard – ideal for those who simply want to stretch and massage after a long workout. The Brazyn is not only suitable for aligning your muscles with the nubs on the surface, but also tough enough to withstand up to 350 pounds. Unroll these knots and back pain, especially after a long drive or plane trip!