Tag: foam rolling

7 Exercises to Perform While Traveling to Maintain a Healthy Back

7 Exercises to Perform While Traveling to Maintain a Healthy Back Travel is going to be huge this summer.   The cost of gasoline has been down, and airfares are affordable for more of us than ever before and our economy is doing well allowing many more of us the opportunity to travel. One of the unfortunately consequences of travel is that we are sitting for long periods of time while we go from place to place, which is challenging for many of us. Long rides in the car for anyone with a problematic lower back can cause problems during many Read More »

Tennis balls or foam rollers for back pain relief; which is better and is self treatment a good idea?

Tennis balls or foam rollers for back pain relief; which is better and is self treatment a good idea? A recent article in Men’s Health suggested that using a tennis ball on sore muscles is a good way to get relief of back pain.  The idea is based off of a 2009 study in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) stating that self massage on acupuncture points or sore areas in muscles can help relieve back pain by 28%. Read their article here. A tennis ball is a good tool because it is not too stiff, but can penetrate areas of Read More »

Running is good for our knees according to a new study. 5 activities for healthy knees.

Running is good for our knees according to a new study.  5 activities for healthy knees. Does running harm our knees?  Do knees simply wear out from the pounding of life and what we do both normally and athletically or is there an inherited genetic difference that may explain why some of us have bad knees and some of us don’t? Depending on whom you speak with, you will get differing opinions.   For example, most orthopedics in the USA are likely to look at your knees when you present with knee pain, as most health providers do.  Other healthcare providers are likely to Read More »

Foam rolling for muscular pain. Some tips on self application of myofascial release.

Foam rolling for muscular pain. Some tips on self application of myofascial release Many of our patients are aware of the benefits of myofascial release treatment, which comes in different styles such as Active Release Techniques (r), Barnes among other methods that are well accepted. When combined with chiropractic treatment and rehabilitation, they are used to exceptional outcomes. Many people are also finding that foam rollers for the application of self myofascial release treatment is also helpful, sometimes more than Yoga and other self help methods. Athletes are finding that foam rolling improves their performance, decreases after workout pain and Read More »

Foam rolling the upper body – great techniques you can use with a small foam roller for back pain relief.

Foam rolling the upper body – great techniques you can use with a small foam roller for back pain relief. Our original foam roller video for runners has been used by hundreds of people who wanted to learn creative ways to use a foam roller safely (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BllSV77O08) Our new foam roller for the upper back video shows you how to use a foam roller against the wall with just your body weight to loosen the mid back, upper back muscles as well as the chest muscles. Foam rolling has become quite popular since it allows you to perform myofascial release Read More »