Foam rollers are a great addition to chiropractic treatment. Foam rollers are cylinders of foam designed to help with self-massage and myo-fascial release to increase circulation. Used properly, foam rollers can enhance your circulation and support preventive chiropractic treatment.
Foam Rollers Improve Posture
Poor posture is an epidemic of modern life and causes myriad health problems such as back and neck pain, tight muscles, headaches, low back pain, and stress. Sitting at a computer all day, looking down at phones, and other technology issues makes posture problems worse.
Lying on a foam roller can help pull the shoulders back, open up the chest, and lift the head. Rolling out muscles can reduce tension on the spine.
A Foam Roller Uses Your Own Body Weight
Because posture is so important, chiropractic care incorporates therapies for office care and home care. Foam rolling is a popular home care technique because it’s easy to do and easy on the body. With a foam roller, you control the amount of pressure using your own body weight. Treatment can be done quickly and is focused on problem areas.
You can gently roll sore muscles over a foam roller, or rest a tender spot over the roller for a minute. For best results, avoid joints—this tool is designed for muscles only.
Improved Circulation and Much More
Your chiropractor may recommend a foam roller to improve circulation, flexibility, and range of motion; to stretch muscles and eliminate lactic acid; or to ease trigger points and fibrotic adhesions.
Muscular imbalances and tightness may respond well to a daily regimen of foam roller exercise. Your chiropractor can show you stretches and techniques on the foam roller tailored to your own issues.
Regular use of a foam roller can provide benefits such as easing or preventing injures, and improving balance, mobility, and performance.
“A foam roller is like a tooth brush for your spine.” – Dr. King
Use a Foam Roller after Your Workout
A post-workout session with the foam roller benefits circulation, sending oxygen and nutrients to tired muscles. It helps remove waste products such as lactic acid, and it breaks up fibrotic tissue, increasing your range of motion.
Foam rollers are a great part of treatment for back pain, too. Ask your chiropractor for help in using a foam roller to keep large muscle groups healthy and ease tension in the upper spine. Always let your chiropractor know about your foam roller use and follow his direction.
Try the TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
The TriggerPoint Grid foam roller has a multi-density exterior constructed over a rigid, hollow core so it maintains shape and integrity over time. The durability of the Grid has helped make it a trusted tool of athletes and chiropractors. The distinctive, multi-dimensional surfaces of the Grid helps maximize the flow of blood and oxygen to heal tissue.
TriggerPoint Grid foam rollers are available in three sizes and two densities, and they come with a 1-year warranty and a free online instructional video.
Learn more about the use of foam rollers at King Chiropractic. Give us a call today at (910) 777-7228 to schedule an appointment and discuss whether a foam roller is right for you.