Foam Rolling – Basic Realignment of the Spine in the Gym or at Home

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Foam Rolling – Basic Realignment of the Spine in the Gym or at Home

Feeling sore and out of place but don’t have time to swing by the chiropractor’s office?

Have you tried foam rolling?

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release technique to help relieve tight muscles, soreness, inflammation, and yes even misaligned spinal vertebra when done on the back. Foam rolling is great as a standalone therapy as well as before and/or after a workout.

Foam rolling a few minutes a day helps to decrease muscles stiffness, increase circulation, break up knots and adhesions and scar tissue that prevent your body from moving correctly. When done down the spine it can also cause your spine to shift back into proper position which can help alleviate pain and future problems down the road. While it is not a replacement for chiropractic treatment it is a wonderful adjunct.

While it is not necessary to roll daily – doing it a few times a week helps keep your body flexible, release stress, and even avoid injury. It can also help if you are recovering from injuries as it can help heal your body properly and prevent lumps of scar tissue from forming.

LOWER BACK NOTE: When foam rolling your back do not do the middle to lower back. Upper back and down to the bottom of your ribcage is the perfect range. The lower back is not built for that kind of pressure and could cause more harm than good.

If you have any damage to your back – please check with your physician or chiropractor before beginning foam rolling to make sure it is ok for you.

How to foam roll – you can foam roll nearly any area of the body. You can lay back on the roller, sit on the roller, lean forward putting your thighs on it, roll out your sides, your IT bands, even your calves. Whatever body part feels tight and needs a release is a great one to aim for. Be cautious and go slowly. Listen to your body as to what feels good and what doesn’t. Tight and sore sensations are fine but if you feel actual pain (sharp, shooting, pinching, or intense) stop.

If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area and need an adjustment come into Kaster Chiropractic. We are also happy to answer any stretching or foam rolling questions you may have. Our goal is to keep you in the best health possible. www.kasterchiropractic.com 239-332-2555.

 

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