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003 - Mike Mallory - Proper Recovery with Rad Roller
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Amazing Brains – 003 – Mike Mallory – Proper Recovery with Rad Roller

In this episode, Micah sits down with biomechanics specialist and Co-founder of Rad Roller, Mike Mallory. In the show, they talk about Rad Roller and proper recovery techniques.

Show Notes

Roller History

  • Mike used to work in the clinical environment
  • Foam rollers and tools are over 30 years old, and patients have been using them since the 1800’s
    • The revival of the foam roller happened about 15 years ago based on technology and knowledge of the body’s anatomy

Proper Recovery

  • Stretching, rolling and recovering is important
  • We live in a culture of bigger, faster, stronger
    • Less is more at Rad Roller
  • When you look at how tissues slide and glide over each other, what they are doing, and how the nervous system responds, they are all important aspects when looking at properly rolling
    • “There is a difference between functional and optimal” – Mike
  • “We should be the experts of our own body.” – Mike
  • People always ask Mike ‘what’s the best option, what does science say?’ and Mike answers ‘we have to find what’s best for you.’
  • Micah says he leans far in not using metrics when he trains, and listens to his body somatically, and other times he is strictly on the quantitative side, it’s all about finding that balance

Rad Roller

  • Rad Roller offers online mobility courses
    • Mike says that for someone who has no prior knowledge or experience, they would be able to understand 75% of the material
    • Its for everyday people as well as coaches and trainers
  • What the rollers do, is work with the nervous system to signal change and healing to happen
  • The rollers promote movement of fluid, but they are also tactical and physically change the shape of your body

Recovery

  • Sleep is a passive form of recovery
  • Even just doing housework, if you’re not an extreme athlete, rolling can help
  • There is the neurological window, an opening to make change
    • If you roll out your leg, it’s not making just physical change, its changing the nervous system
  • The number one stage that most people skip in a workout, is the recovery stage
  • When we become stressed, sometimes it takes a quick 20 minute bike ride to let go of everything and focus at the task at hand more efficiently
  • Micah says that stress is not a bad thing, but we have to be mindful of when it’s helpful and when its harmful

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About Mike Mallory and Rad Roller

Developed by biomechanics authority Mike Mallory and professional triathlete Dan McIntosh, the RAD Roller comes from a place of true purpose. Simply put, our two founders saw a void, and they filled it. Thoughtfully too. Until the creation of the RAD Roller, no massage tool could create such remarkable muscular mobilization without putting damaging and painful pressure on the bones in the neck and back. This patent-pending design soon expanded to include three different densities, and before long, its success spurred the invention of an entire series of RAD mobility products. RAD is, quite literally, inspired by human movement, and people of all walks of life now use our tools to create relief in nearly every muscle of the body.