The Benefits Of Foam Rollers For Chronic Back Pain
Have you ever heard the expression "it hurts so good"? Well that is my masochistic relationship with my foam roller. It is both hard and soft at the same time, and meant to soothe and help alleviate pain.
I was first introduced to the foam roller years ago in physical therapy and hated it. It hurt and I literally dreaded that part of my therapy. Slowly I began to realize how much it helped my achy muscles, and the ligaments in my knees and thighs. But most of all it helped my lower back pain, in the most excruciating way.
Foam rollers were designed for self massage, also known as the self-myofascial release. It helps break up scar tissue, adhesions, and speed up the healing after workouts. It also soothes sore areas, known as trigger points, and is basically a cost effect massage.
I use the foam roller on my calves, illiotibial (IT) band, and butt. You can roll out pre or post workout, but I prefer to do it every night about a half hour before bedtime. It hurts, and yet relaxes me, much like a deep tissue massage. The rollers come in many sizes and colors, so you can find just what you are looking for based on your needs.
Have I sold you yet on the foam roller? Hopefully you are already using one. Trust me, once you push through the pain and discomfort, you will be rewarded with better flexibility, less muscle soreness, and fewer injuries from exercise.