You need to be foam rolling!
One of the best things I tell my patients to improve their health is to do some self-maintenance. Foam rolling is an excellent way to not only maintain, but to improve a person's muscle integrity. Many people out there are dealing with:
- Low back pain
- Decreased range of motion (either in their legs or spine)
- Tightness or restriction in their legs.
- Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain or tightness)
- IT Band syndrome (pain on the side of thigh.... very common in runners)
These are many of the issues I see on a daily basis in my clinic. As a chiropractor in Cedar Park Texas, I feel these are so common and many times can be prevented (not necessarily treated by itself) with simple techniques that include stretching and foam rolling. Foam rolling is essentially self massage. Now I love a good massage as much as anyone and I don't feel that foam rolling replaces massage, but I do feel it is something that tremendously helps and can be done daily. Done correctly and often, foam rolling and stretching can keep a runner, cyclist, swimmer, climber, walker and just about anyone else in pretty good shape. I have a video here showing the basics.
Check this out and give it a try. You can get a foam roller about anywhere. You can purchase a Grid online or swing by my clinic. Try it out and get going on improving your health.
Thanks for taking a look-
John Tuggle, D.C.
aka the tri doc