Best Vibrating Foam Rollers 2018
updated December 1, 2018
Foam rolling has become incredibly popular in the world of health and fitness over the last few years. Coaches, professional athletes, and regular gym junkies have embraced it is a super effective way to give themselves a sports massage. A recent innovation to the market has been the vibrating foam roller. This next generation roller is designed to provide high penetration pain relief.
Vibrating foam rolling is a smart way to end your workout as it will vastly reduce your post workout muscle soreness. In this article we identify the 9 best vibrating rollers on the 2018 market.
The Top 7 At a Glance
The Top 7 Up Close
The Emerge Vibrating Roller is 13 inches and 6 inches in diameter. It provides you with 3 speeds of high vibration by way of its all digital circuitry. The rugged exterior of this roller has a series of small ridges. The German developed exterior is ergonomically grooved to allow for deeper access to soft tissue in order to get to your painful trigger points. The poly-propylene outer shell of the Emerge rolling helps to maximize the vibration effect to give you more robust massaging experience.
The long life batteries of the Emerge vibrating roller make it an ideal travel companion. A single charge will last you for an entire week. This vibrating foam roller operates at 50-60 Hz and comes with a universal charging cable. The foam on this roller is dense to provide you with the most effective trigger point manipulation. This was our favorite vibrating roller by far - it is powerful effective and cost effective!
The HyperIce Viper Vibrating Foam Roller provides you with 3 high speed vibration settings. The outer or the roller features multiple small nodules to help target the pressure points that need relief. It is constructed with a polypropylene outer shell which is very durable, while also allowing for maximum vibration transfer to your body.
The HyperIce Viper roller delivers a power rating of between 28 and 39 hz (the current in your house is around 60 hz). This makes for a more powerful vibration than you get with most other vibrating foam rollers, even at the lowest setting. This may be a little too much for some people, but hardcore foam rollers will love it.
The HyperIce Viper is among the most expensive rollers on the market. But it is also one of the most powerful vibrating rollers you will find.
The Product Stop vibrating foam roller provides you with 3 intensity settings and a textured, bumpy grid design to penetrate deep into your soft muscle tissue.
The bumper grid pattern has been modeled on human hands and knuckles to provide you with the most natural massaging experience you can imagine. Your purchase of this product is covered by a lifetime warranty.
However, this unit can be quite noisy when it is used at the highest speed.
The Phenom 3-Speed Vibrating Foam Roller has been designed to work with your body’s ergonomics. As a result it allows you to roll out your sore back muscles while also supporting your spine. This roller gives you a whole assortment of nodules and ridges to allow you to get into every crevice and pressure point on your body. The gel molded knobs of the Phenom-3 offer the ideal amount of cushioning to penetrate deeply without being too harsh.
You get 3 vibration frequencies with this roller to allow you to gradually increase the intensity of the pressure being placed on your areas of pain. You single charge will provide you with four hours of work. You get low, medium and high speed options allowing you to customize the vibration to your specific needs.
The InViberon Vibrating Foam Roller is a uniquely designed roller that provides you with 36 inches of massage length. This allows you to get a full length massage like no other roller that is out there. The one button operation makes it a piece of cake to use this roller. You get your choice of medium or high density roller. The high quality, non toxic foam used in the construction of the InViberon foam roller makes it extremely durable as well as being completely safe.
The durable and soft fabric cover of the Inviberon can be removed so that it can be washed. However, the InViberon does not allow you to adjust the speed setting.
Foam Roller Benefits
Foam Rolling works to relieve the adhesions that result when your muscles are overstressed and the layer of fascia that covers all of your skeletal muscles tear. By softly applying pressure to these adhesions we relieve ourselves of the hot spot pain that they bring. Foam rolling, also known as Self Myofascial Release (SMR), though, does more than relief instant pain. Here are 11 auxiliary benefits of using the technique:
- Corrects muscular imbalance
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Improves posture
- Enhances strength and athletic performance
- Relieves muscle soreness
- Reduces muscular tension
- Promotes relaxation, causing a temporary reduction in resting heart rate and blood pressure
- Increases circulation to the area
- Decreases muscle spasms
- Promotes lymph flow
- Decreases scar tissue
Treating Trigger Points with SMR
When soft tissue gets injured, the thin layer on top of or between muscles, which is called the fascia, becomes sticky. It is no longer able to slide freely, with the results this area of the muscle becomes stiff and sore. If not addressed quickly, these tight, sore areas can develop into chronic conditions.
Locating and massaging these tight spots can release the tension in a muscle. Myofascial release techniques are similar in providing the results often gained from acupressure and trigger point treatments. While trigger point treatments, acupressure and the like need to be done by a trained professional, we can all perform self myofascial release. Maintaining a high level of soft tissue quality will help you to be flexible and pain free
There are about 40 muscles in the body. Throughout these muscles there are round 620 potential trigger points. They tend to show up in the same places in most people. Some of the most common areas are the neck, shoulders, lower back and buttocks
Latent trigger points can lead to poor muscle coordination and balance. Trigger points often also led to pain and weakness in the associated structures.
Self myofascial release which makes use of a trigger point foam roller is a very effective way to treat muscle trigger points. It allows you to place specific pressure in the trigger points and break up the sticky adhesions that cause them.
Our favorite vibrating foam roller is the Emerge Vibrating Roller, with its 3 speed settings, German designed ergonomic nodule based surface and long battery life. We were also impressed with the Vulken 4 High Speed Foam Roller, which provides you with 4 Speed Settings, a 17 inch length and is made from Eco-friendly materials. Rounding out our top 3 is the Next roller, with its multi nodule design, compact design and 3 hour charge.