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Using a Foam Roller

Posted on August 12, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Research supports the efficacy of foam rollers in reducing muscle soreness and increasing range of motion. These tools are inexpensive and easy to use. Do you know anyone who has a foam roller collecting dust in a closet or under their bed because they found it painful or painfully boring to use? (That was me before I learned how to use mine!) Rolling out your muscles does not have to hurt! You should be able to do it while you're watching tv or listening to your favorite music or audiobook. I love music, so my personal trick is to have a playlist I only listen to during exercise, rolling and stretching, so that the time goes by quickly and it's something I look forward to. Music might work for you, or it could be a favorite TV show or podcast. I can teach you how to tailor your foam roller routine to your comfort level. Request a free 15 minute tutorial before or after your massage when you make your next appointment with me or use my online scheduling system to add it to any service I offer. 

This photo tutorial from Runner's World has routines for pre and post run. These lower body exercises are wonderful for relieving tension in the legs and hips even if running is something you only do when you're being chased.

This one minute video from Livestrong is about rolling out your back. If you'd like to learn how to treat any other body parts with a foam roller before I see you next, I recommend their website. They have hundreds of photos, articles, and video tutorials, and you can search specifically for your area of concern using their search tool. For example, searching for "foam roller hip flexor" yields 132 results.

As always, if you are under a physician's care for any reason, you should consult them before beginning a foam roller routine or any exercise program.

I hope this information helps everyone stay healthy, fit and pain free! Thank you for visiting.

Categories: Self Care

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Reply Olivier
11:07 PM on January 11, 2017 
Yes! I have become such a huge fan of foam rolling (and using a lacrosse ball when sitting at work as well). Spending some time loosening up my t-spine is one of my favorite things to do on the roller after a long day at the office or after a particularly grueling workout.

The benefits of using it are just too many to list... improved range of motion (so fewer injuries as a result), improved blood flow and arterial stiffness, and much more.

Covered some of them in further detail here:
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