Tag: foam rolling

Are massage guns worth it?

Are massage guns worth it? You just got a new massage gun and were looking forward to using it to solve your problem with muscle soreness. Massage guns resemble a drill with a battery.   They have different heads that can be added on depending on the shape of the area you want to treat. They also offer different speeds and intensities. How do massage guns treat an area? Massage guns perform high-intensity tapotement, which is the laying on of hands using either the palms or the sides of the hands and rhythmically striking the person when performed by a massage Read More »

Pain free body building using the basics of breathing, a guest post

Pain free body building using the basics of breathing, a guest post. The world of fitness & exercise, whether to look better or perform better, is filled with flashy click bait and devoid of what really matters; fundamentals. Touching your toes should be as easy as blowing your nose, but usually it’s not. Confused? My potential clients claim they have tight hamstrings or that their backs are stiff. Hello!  Herein lies the problem. These same potential clients are dragging their bones, joints, and muscles through another boot-camp, distance run, or Cross-fit class only to pop pills afterwards because they are Read More »

The science behind foam rolling; Is it good for you and what do the experts say about this commonly used method of self treatment.

The science behind foam rolling; Is it good for you and what do the experts say about this commonly used method of self treatment. As many of our patients already know, I am a huge proponent of foam rolling and many of our patients rely on this important self treatment method to get relief when their body tightens up on them. You can view our foam roller exercises here. Over the past 20 years, our understanding of how the myofascial system operates has improved markedly and myofascial release has become main stream medicine. We now understand the myofascia controls movement, Read More »

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 »