Foam rollers for back pain
Many people live in agony with terrible back pain and have tried countless things to try to alleviate the pain. Many people fear that the back pain could be from a more serious issue like pinch nerves or displaced discs. It is always recommended to consult with a doctor or medical professional who is capable of pinpointing the real cause. This just helps ensure that people know if they have a more serious ailment causing their back pain.
Back Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points
If after seeing your doctor and there is no obvious reason why you are having your back pain, the solution to fixing your back pain may be a lot easier than you think. Many people have myofascial trigger points in the muscles that are causing this pain in the back. These trigger points can be massaged with a Muscle Roller, like a Foam Roller or massage ball. Over time, and sometimes very quickly, the pain will diminish or go away completely. If you are living with a lot of lower back pain, you will be amazed at how much better you will feel after using a foam roller for back pain reduction.
Even people with spinal problems may benefit (with the permission of their doctor) from trigger point therapy & using a foam roller for back pain, because it is thought that trigger points can actually contribute to underlying spinal conditions. Some doctors even believe that they are sometimes the root cause of certain spinal conditions, or at least contribute negatively towards it.
Trigger points can actually cause issues like compressed nerves or displaced vertebrae because of the muscle tension. It causes an imbalance in the back that can do harm over time. The good news is that trigger points are something that you can treat yourself without any expensive therapist. You can use a foam roller for back pain by targeting the trigger points in your back and gluteus muscles. All you need are a Foam Roller, Muscle Roller Stick, or a Massage Ball.
Lots of Confusion Surrounding Back Pain
There is a lot of confusion and disagreement on what causes lower back pain. This is because, with trigger points the problematic area in your muscle is not always at the same location where you feel the pain. For example many times when people of lower back pain, it is because they have trigger points or tightness in the glutes or hips. The same goes with pain in the gluteus/ hips. With pain in the gluteus the trigger points are often in the lower back. Also pain in the psoas can cause pain in the lower back.
To successfully treat your back pain you need to be diligent with foam rolling and finding out where the trigger points are that are causing your particular back pain.
Foam Roller For Back Pain Tips
- Use a massage ball and foam roller to target trigger points
- Don’t use a foam roller on your lower back (or at least not directly on your lower back, as it can cause too much pressure)
- Massage and slow repeated movements
- Massage only in one direction
- Massage for 1-2 minutes per trigger point