Enhance or Unwind From Workouts With Foam Rollers

If you come home from a long day at work with a sore back, find yourself stiff in the morning, or are looking to optimize your workouts, foam rollers are a product not to be overlooked.

White and charcoal polyethylene rollers

White and charcoal polyethylene rollers

Versatile and resilient, closed-cell foam rollers can provide comfort and strength that people may not realize until after experiencing it firsthand. Great for augmenting self-massage, stretching, or exercising, polyethylene foam cylinders can make a big difference in your life.

Available in a substantial size range, foam bolsters and rolls are made to fit virtually any purpose. The greatest benefit of polyethylene foam being used for a roller is the resilience of the material. In 2LB densities and greater, appropriately sized polyethylene rollers are able to support the body weight of most people when used as an exercise bolster.

The simplest way to use a foam exercise roll is as an aid for stretching. Strong enough to support the weight of a body, polyethylene rollers are firm without being uncomfortably hard. Augmenting an after-work or post-workout stretch with rollers can give you an increased range of motion that helps better relieve stress and muscle tension. Many people who work in an office setting spend their days at chairs or desks that make them hunch over in a tight space that’s not conducive to proper body alignment. Using a foam roller vertically along the spine, horizontally under the small of the back, or either way along the shoulders can help you unwind with a relaxing stretch in a way that a padded floor mat can’t provide.

In addition to stretching, many people use foam rollers in a similar way for self-massage. The supportive firmness of polyethylene rollers allows you to use your own body weight to deeply massage muscles and work out knots. Resting against the roller with your body weight and slowly rocking yourself across the foam and cylinder can target sore muscles or help unwind after a strenuous workout. Some areas are difficult to directly address by hand if you’re feeling discomfort, but foam rollers allow you to target virtually any area of the body. Even if only used for treating occasional aches and pains rather than as a daily regimen, self-massage can help work out the kinks and knots that pop up every once in a while. Routinely exercising with foam rollers can also help with flexibility, which helps reduce injuries during exercise. They also help increase blood flow and are a great way to warm up before activities or cool down after.

Polyethylene cylinder size comparison

Polyethylene cylinder size comparison

In smaller sizes, foam bolsters can be a supportive boost behind the knees, under the back, or beneath the ankles when you’re relaxing. Being round, a foam back support bolster is also useful with balance exercises, as muscles flex and contract as you work to maintain your position atop the roller.

The Foam Factory offers a selection of polyethylene foam rollers in a 2.2LB density that is firm and supportive, but still cushioning enough to use comfortably. The best sizes for exercise and stretching are the 3, 4, 5, and 6 inch diameter rollers, though 1, 2, and 2 ½ inch diameter rollers are also available should you have a special purpose for a smaller size. Standard lengths include 17, 35, and 70 inches long, though The Foam Factory can easily cut any of their rollers to a custom size, down to a single inch. Additionally, The Foam Factory can halve rollers horizontally to create two hemispherical bolsters with a flat side. Cutting a roller in this fashion is beneficial for people who want some of the resistance and support a roller provides, but not in the heights the full-sizes offer. They also create a surface for balancing exercises with a little more stability than the full cylinders offer.

If you’re searching for a simple and affordable way to improve your comfort, whether you’re lounging at home, relaxing after work, or recovering from a strenuous workout, polyethylene foam rollers are a practical and easy way to unwind and feel good.

NOTE: Before starting  or altering a health or exercise regimen, please consult your physician. The Foam Factory will not have any liability to anyone for incidental or consequential damages or any other liability, injury, loss or damage arising out of or related to our products, even if The Foam Factory or an authorized representative of The Foam Factory has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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4 Responses to “Enhance or Unwind From Workouts With Foam Rollers”

  • Tasse says:

    I’m interested in the firmest kind of foam roller that you offer and would like to know if it could be made into a smaller width, in order to accommodate using it to rest the small part of my back on, while sitting in my desk chair?

    • Foam Factory says:

      We absolutely offer custom cutting on our foam rollers and bolsters. In your case, it sounds like you would prefer the firmness and support of a polyethylene foam roller (You can view them here: Polyethylene Cylinders). We are able to custom-cut the lengths of these rollers to any size under 70 inches in whole inch increments, and we can also halve the bolsters length-wise so you have a semicircle with one side flat, which can make keeping the bolster in place between your back and chair easier. We’ve passed your request on to our Sales Team who should be contacting you soon with more information!

      -Foam Factory

  • John Ives keeler says:

    How much do they cost.i think these might be perfect to use in a craft costume for spidermans spider legs.


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