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Does a Foam Roller Help with Cellulite Reduction?

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

Does a Foam Roller Help with Cellulite Reduction?

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

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Foam rolling is one of the most popular ways for athletes to seek relief and recovery after a workout, but it’s also often recommended for cellulite. Can it really work?

Cellulite, for the uninitiated, is a condition that impacts up to 90% of all women. In fact, it’s so common that calling it a condition isn’t right at all - it might be better to call it a secondary sex characteristic, much like having rounded hips.

Foam rolling for cellulite is a massage technique that allows you to achieve deep muscle and fascia release by yourself, without needing to visit a massage therapist. It’s considered a self-myofascial release technique, which means that it probably helps loosen up tight fascia, to reduce overall fatigue and muscle soreness as well as to improve flexibility during exercise.

In this post, we’ll explore if foam rolling can truly help with cellulite, and if so, how you can do it most effectively! 

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  • 1.  Can You Get Rid of Cellulite Using Foam Rollers?
  • 2. FAQs: What People Ask About Foam Rolling
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Can You Get Rid of Cellulite Using Foam Rollers?

You probably can’t totally get rid of cellulite using foam rollers, but many women find that when they use foam rollers for cellulite consistently, their cellulite is less visible.

The key factor behind cellulite is fibrous brands that attach from the fascia to the skin, called septa. Fat presses against these fibrous bands which is what leads to visible dimpling at the surface of the skin. Because of that, the most direct way to target cellulite is by addressing those fibrous bands, although other methods like firming the skin or reducing fat and fluid buildup can minimize its appearance.

So how can foam rolling help? Surprisingly, the exact mechanism of action behind foam rolling’s benefits isn’t fully understood. This means that we don’t really understand how it works, or why it can help with cellulite.

Most doctors theorize that foam rolling is effective simply because it temporarily improves blood flow, swelling the skin and making cellulite seem less noticeable. However, we think it might actually impact the fascia and septa directly. By loosening up these fibrous tissues, it’s possible that those underlying layers become smoother, leading to less visible cellulite. At the same time, an increase in lymphatic drainage addresses fluid build-up, leading to a more toned appearance.

It’s important to mention that this is temporary, and the visible reduction in cellulite will only last for as long as you’re consistent. 

Best Practices for Using a Foam Roller to Get Rid of Cellulite

Do you want the best results when using a foam roller to get rid of cellulite? Here are our key tips. 

  • You can foam roll whenever is convenient for you, but the best time is before a workout, which is when research shows that foam rolling is most beneficial.
  • To keep things safe, only use the foam roller on non-bony areas like the glutes and hamstrings. Start with softer foam rollers, and transition to firmer ones when you have a bit of experience.
  • Start by placing your foam roller on a mat, and then carefully lower your leg over it. Use your arms to keep yourself steady, and roll your leg carefully over the roller. Work in small areas, rolling back and forth up to 15 times. Then, go on to roll over a different part of your leg.
  • Don’t rely on foam rolling as your only solution for cellulite. Make sure to incorporate other treatments into your routine that’ll help fade the look of dimpling, including regular anti-cellulite scrubs, caffeine-enhanced treatments, and skin-purifying cellulite masks.

FAQs: What People Ask About Foam Rolling

How often should I use a foam roller for cellulite reduction?

If your goal is cellulite reduction with foam rolling, you’ll want to start out using the foam roller as often as you can. Once a day for 5 to 10 minutes is probably ideal, and you’ll likely see results within a few weeks or months. With time, you can slow down to only using it a few times a week, which will help you maintain your results. 

Are there any risks associated with using a foam roller for cellulite reduction?

Yes, but they’re mild if you only use foam rollers for cellulite. In general, using foam rollers correctly should be safe, although it may lead to some bruising after the fact. If you experience a lot of bruising, though, you should stop foam rolling and investigate whether you have an underlying health condition that needs to be addressed.

The risks usually come from using foam rollers for cellulite on the neck, back, or other areas with bones or connective tissue. Risks of improperly using a foam roller include nerve damage, severe bruising, and even short-term paralysis.

If you have any existing health conditions, make sure to speak to your doctor about whether foam rolling is safe for you.  

Is foam rolling a substitute for exercise or not?

Considering foam rolling is the massage of choice for athletes, we think it’s pretty clear that it’s NOT a substitute for exercise. Foam rolling and exercise go hand in hand, helping to keep the body strong, improving blood flow, and preventing pain. That said, neither exercise nor foam rolling is an ideal solution for cellulite on its own, but both will help if they’re combined with other cellulite treatments

Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.