I Heart My Foam Roller

Though I have a chiropractor I know and love, I never am able to visit him frequently enough. So given much of my job involves sitting, I need something else that helps my alignment, not to mention my tense back muscles. My solution? A foam roller. What is this, you ask? (Or you don’t ask if you’re a physical/massage therapist, coach, athlete because you already know…) It’s a cylindrical piece of dense, blue foam that lives underneath my bed with my earthquake kit, wrapping paper, and dust bunnies when I’m not using it.

My blue friend...
My blue friend…

I tend to get a lot of tightness in my upper back, not to mention my hips. These are the areas where I carry my stress. People always tell me that I seem calm, cool and collected. Well, I’m not, it just all funnels into my shoulder blades, and hips. So as often as I remember, before I climb into bed, I get my blue friend out from under the bed and get to rolling out my back and hips. When I do it, I always sleep better, and walk with better posture when I wake up the next morning because I’m not compensating for something that is out of whack.

I’m curious. Am I the only one that has this hiding under their bed?

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...

5 comments

  1. When I was doing Crossfit (3 1/2 years ago) they used and suggested I buy a pvc tube from Home Depot. It’s cheap and effective! It’s standing up in my closet, I haven’t used it in awhile. It hurts but works; I hold tension in my upper back and hips too! I’ve also used it to roll knots out of my calf from running. Thanks for the reminder, maybe I’ll drag it out of the closet and put it under my bed where it’ll be closer to me 🙂

  2. You’re certainly not the only one! My daughter, a college soccer player who graduated in May, is a big fan of foam rollers. Many of her friends use them too. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it would do me some good because I sit at a computer all day.

    Lovely blog here — very cheerful and well organized! 🙂

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