August 14, 2011

Benefits of Using a Foam Roller

Foam roller, available at
Kehres Health & Chiropractic
A foam roller is a simple tool that offers a variety of benefits. Almost all of my patients incorporate a foam roller into their warm up exercises in my office, and if you have a foam roller, you can also do this at home.

In the video below, Dr. Kehres demonstrates exercises that focus on the piriformis muscle, which is in the gluteal region. When your piriformis muscle is tight, it can cause muscle cramps, gluteal pain, low back pain or pain that radiates down the leg.

Inexpensive, easy to use and portable, foam rollers can provide relief for many conditions:
  • Reduce muscle tightness and tension
  • Prevent and relieve low back pain
  • Help relax muscles and tendons
  • Increase joint movement
  • Break up scar tissue
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion

I highly recommend everyone to get a foam roller so they can do these simple exercises at home, especially athletes and people who sit at a desk all day, as their piriformis muscle is typically very tight.

Foam rollers are available at your local sporting goods store or at Kehres Health & Chiropractic for $12.00.

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