frequently asked questions
Why is the Manta foam roller a different shape to other foam rollers?
The Manta foam roller was designed by a professional osteopath with over 7 years of clinical experience. It was designed with your bodies anatomy in mind. The unique shape allows it to mould around your spine and other bony projections making it much more comfortable and effective, as it can reach the muscles other rollers can't and so deliver much better results.
Can I use the Manta foam roller on my whole body or is it just for backs?
While the manta roller is especially well suited for use on the back it is also great for the muscles of your lower torso and limbs, glutes and ITB etc just as a conventional roller is. The Raised ridges means it can get deeper into the muscle allowing for better stimulation and relief.
Is it better to roll fast or slow?
Slow. If you roll fast you will only skim the surface of the muscles.Try and roll slowly and firmly. This will enable the treatment of painful trigger points and tight muscles to be more effective.
Should it be sore when you are foam rolling?
It is totally normal for it to be a bit sore or uncomfortable when you are foam rolling, especially if you are new to it. The more regularly you roll the easier it will feel. Like getting a deep tissue or sports massage the roller has to get deep into the muscles, which can be sore at times, in order stimulate the muscles to relax and loosen.
What are the pops and clicks I get when I use the manta roller on my back?
The movement in our spine comes from facet joints which are situated in pairs in between each vertebra. As we roll it can cause these joints to separate. As they separate the capsule around them gets stretched and a vacuum inside the joint occurs; gasses are released and then dissolve causing the ‘popping’ sound. Exactly the same process happens when you click your knuckles.
Is it bad to get clicks in my back?
No. So long as there is no sharp pain with it, getting clicks (or cavitations to give it its proper name) in your spine and other joints is fine. It actually helps to increase the mobility at that joint and allows the surrounding muscles to relax. Due to the Manta shape it targets the facet joints in the spine more than other rollers leading to an overall better spinal mobilisation and often an increased number of cavitations.
Does the Manta foam roller come in different densities?
At the moment it only comes in one density. The Manta foam roller uses firm EVA foam to get the best results for beginners and experts alike.
Why is the manta foam roller more expensive than other rollers?
We believe the Manta foam roller is a better product than its competitors so have priced it accordingly, but while it is a premium product we think it is still affordable and a great long term investment as it is built to last and can be used again and again.