I was recently reminded of the importance of foam rolling. Christine, my Team In Training coach, told me and my fellow teammates to foam roll to prevent injury while training for the Cap Tex Tri last year. When I complained of knee pain she reminded me again. I have been a slacker with my foam roller. I use it once in a while and it always hurts when I use it, so I stop. On Monday I went to a blogger lunch at Airrosti about back pain prevention and we learned how to properly foam roll.

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Foam rolling exercises make a fantastic addition to your self-healing repertoire. This self-myofascial release technique can safely and effectively relieve tension, tightness, and pain in your back. You can use these foam rolling exercises in conjunction with other healing approaches, such as massage, acupuncture, or hot and cold therapy. A foam roller is a lightweight foam cylinder that you use to self-administer deep tissue massage.

Foam rolling releases muscle knots, relieves inflammation, and improves overall comfort. It can also increase your range of motion, flexibility, and mobility while boosting circulation and lymphatic flow.

Foam rollers can vary in size and firmness to bring about different results. Depending on your needs, you can experiment with one or more of the following options:. To relieve pain and tightness in your back, do these exercises three to four times per week, even if your symptoms improve.

The key is to prevent or alleviate discomfort before it becomes chronic. Make sure you align your body properly on the foam roller and use an exercise mat for cushioning. Use care when coming off the foam roller, and give yourself up to 1 minute to relax before repeating an exercise or moving on to the next. This stretch can help to relieve tension in your upper back and alleviate poor posture that stems from leaning or hunching forward often.

It also helps to align your head, neck, and spine. This exercise aligns your spine and releases muscle knots, tightness, and tension. It promotes excellent posture and is useful for people who sit for extended periods. Avoid going lower than your mid-back, which is where your rib cage ends. This stretch alleviates tension in the area below your underarms. This helps to improve your posture and improve mobility in your upper body. This exercise relieves tension in your low back.

Avoid putting too much pressure on this area. This exercise strengthens your core , which helps to support posture, stability, and alignment. Relieving tension in your gluteus maximus helps to loosen up stiff legs while supporting the strength and stability of your low back.

To support the strength and stability of your low back, focus on relieving tension in your glutes, which also loosens up your legs. The practice may help you to align your body and move with greater ease. Consider enhancing your relief by using a menthol muscle rub or essential oils before or after your routine, followed by a hot shower or bath.

Pay attention to your body and treat symptoms as soon as they arise, noticing which activities trigger symptoms. If you continue to experience pain or if it gets worse, talk to a doctor, physiotherapist, or osteopath. They can help you figure out which muscles and exercises you should focus on and may recommend a specific type of foam roller. Foam rolling may offer benefits to people with sore muscles, or it can also be used to help you relax. It may even help to reduce pain associated with….

Accessible, affordable, and easy-to-use, foam rolling is one of the greatest exercise techniques ever invented. Conquer lower back pain and tightness with these seven stretches, complete with step-by-step instructions and modifications to meet your needs. Stretching before bed can help you not only fall asleep faster, but also stay asleep. Learn how to do eight stretches that may help to improve the…. Myofascial release is a physical therapy often used to treat chronic pain in the tissues that surround and support muscles throughout your body.

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