Foam Rollers

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Foam Rollers

Postby TimG » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:32 pm

I'm an exercise geek, and am often trying out new exercise equipment. I recently picked up a foam roller, which is touted as a good way to exercise and stretch leg and back muscles. I purchased a good quality foam roller from Trigger Point Therapy, which has various sections on the roller that have a different feel on the muscles. I'm hoping it will help relieve muscle soreness after exercise.

Has anyone tried foam rollers to help with WED symptoms? I'd be curious to know how you use it and if it worked okay for you. I know that each person's mileage varies on what works and what doesn't.

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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby Polar Bear » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:17 pm

I haven't heard of this, but given my age and my attitude to strenuous exercise I'm not likely to have heard.
It will be interesting to hear if any of our members have tried this and what their opinion will be.
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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby ViewsAskew » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:03 pm

They use the rollers for triggers points and physical therapy, too. I haven't tried them, but I bet it would help. I either pound my muscles or use a hard, firm pushing motion with my palms. The roller would mimic that.
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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby tigers9 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:08 pm

I have the same roller which I really like, however, I have had no improvement with my WED. Nothing helps. My legs feel better while I'm using it, but as soon as I stop, I feel like crap again 24/7.
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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby srgraves01 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:33 pm

Foam rolling has been very helpful for me. I use a simple hard black foam roller. I find that the harder ones work better for me. I have severe RLS and foam rolling can be painful. I sometimes have to do it more than one time a night and on different parts of my leg. I have to search around to see which parts need it the most. The more painful, the more I need to use it in that spot.

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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby srgraves01 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:42 am

I also want to say that I use foam rolling in combination with a massage stick. I find that the massage stick can find areas that I don't seem to get with the foam roller. The knots in the muscles from RLS are typically more difficult to get out. I often have to massage the same area over 100 times to get the knots out and even then they may not be completely out.

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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby Polar Bear » Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:27 am

If it is accomplishing what you want.... then it's a good 'un.
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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby pamhb » Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:20 pm

I find a lacrosse ball to be more effective than a foam roller. My physio therapist recommended it to me as the best way to work out the knots I have in my muscles as a result of osteoarthritis in my hip and spine. I will occasionally use a foam roller to get at the muscles in my quads, but I think probably a device like The Stick will do a better job for me.

I noticed a couple of years ago that when my muscles in the hip area are very tense, I will have increased WED symptoms. Relieving the tension is an important part of my coping strategies now. I release the tension in my muscles, hop into a hot bath, and then I'm off to bed. When that doesn't work, I know I'm in trouble...

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Re: Foam Rollers

Postby srgraves01 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:17 am

There are different hardnesses of foam rollers. I use the black ones that are the hardest. I use massage sticks sometimes as well -- but I have to push hard with them and I can more easily get a higher amount of pressure on the area for an extended period of time with the foam roller. Using a lacross ball sounds like a great idea -- something to try out. What you are saying about releasing tension is what I find to be helpful as well. I have also found hot baths to be helpful.


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