Foam rollers have become very popular in the past decade. They are everywhere- from gyms to bedrooms. Foam rollers have become very popular because they are effective and inexpensive.
Foam rollers are great for everyday stretches and therapeutic use. You don’t need to be recovering from an injury to utilize them. People who use foam rollers find them beneficial in gaining range of motion, increased circulation, and relaxation.
Foam rollers work by using gravity and body weight to encourage patients to loosen muscle adhesion that develop within muscles and tendons. They work by rolling over sore areas, lengthening muscles and increasing blood flow. Increased circulation can help with swelling and edema.
Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, says, “All of my patients love using foam rollers. Rolling on one feels like getting a massage! Currently there are dozens of variations of foam rollers to fit individual needs. Hard, soft, small, or large, there is a foam roller out there just for you!”
Choosing a Foam Roller
Foam rollers come in all shapes and sizes (they even vibrate now, too!). Choosing the right equipment is important based off individual sensitivity, strength, and goals. Most foam rollers have about a six inch diameter and should be able to fit the length between the top of your head and reach all the way down to your tailbone.
It is important to avoid rolling directly over the spine or other bony areas, such as the hips and knees. Consult your doctor before deciding whether or not you would like to obtain a foam roller.
Foam rollers can be very useful for a variety of things- not just rolling and stretching. It’s not uncommon to see someone doing resistive exercise while using a foam roller. The combination of resistive exercise and balance promotes core strength and vestibular (balance) stimulation.
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists can help you choose the right foam roller for you and learn how to use it correctly and effectively. We have a large selection of foam rollers to try to find which one suits you best!
Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518
1111 W Town and Country Road
Orange, CA 92868by