Is a Foam Roller Right for You?


Move over, Swedish Massage! Who knew that a reasonable remedy to many of our chiropractic ailments could be found in something as simple as a foam roller? Foam rollers, which fill offices of physical therapists, chiropractors, and physical trainers alike, can be extremely beneficial in alleviating back tension. A long tube typically of various colors and textures (dependent on personal preference), a foam roller breaks down adhesions and helps to increase flexibility and mobility within the body.  The roller moves down the back in a fluid motion to help loosen muscles and provide complete relaxation.

One of the major benefits of a foam roller is that it can be used at nearly any time. Keeping one at your office or at home means that muscle relaxation is completely at your disposal. Sitting throughout the day, putting strain on your back through incorrect exercise, or maintaining poor posture are just a few of the detrimental activities that can lead to increased muscle tension. You no longer have to make a $100 appointment every other month to help rid yourself of chronic pain; A foam roller means inexpensive, quality treatment whenever you need it.

Some may find foam rollers to be rather uncomfortable at first, but it is important to stick with it as it is often the tightest points in the body that require the most work and attention. Due to our unhealthy habit of sitting at a desk throughout the day, the mid-back is a very common weak spot. In addition, the area between the shoulder blades also becomes rounded off from sitting for extended periods of time, and this tension can be alleviated with just a few minutes of foam rolling exercises. The roller will help the spine to open up and expand, simultaneously releasing built up adhesion.

As we mentioned, foam rollers come in various textures depending on your personal preference. Although personal preference is important, it can be said that textured rollers provide more benefit. Textured rollers stimulate nerve endings in the muscles, reach deeper into the muscles’ myofascial layers, and provide a better post-workout roll. As for speed, slower paced movements are fine for post-workouts as they help to relax the muscles. However, a faster, more vigorous technique is better pre-workout. The faster movements help to awaken the muscles and prepare them for exercise.

For more information on foam rollers or to see which one may be best for you, contact the Ward Chiropractic and Rehab office today.