GOT #PAIN HOTSPOTS?
If you’ve got fibromyalgia, arthritis, any chronic illness, or have ever worked out, pulled weeds, or taken out the trash, you’ve had pain hotspots. Pain hotspots can happen to anyone but for some, they’re a more frequent concern than for others. And … wouldn’t we all like to get rid of them?
I’m all about fast, effective, and inexpensive ways to get fit and stay healthy. We’ve reviewed other fitness tools/techniques here and to catch up, I suggest reading my posts on Resistance Bands and Aqua Therapy.
This post includes another fitness tool to add to your pain relief arsenal. And, yet again, it’s cheap and readily available. I’m talking about —
Have you heard of these? No, they don’t have anything to do with the styling or maintenance of your lovely locks.
Foam rollers really get to the heart of the matter. Or at least to the heat. That’s right – they’re great to use on hotspots. Pain hotspots.
Foam rollers are relatively inexpensive (though not as cheap as resistance bands), and are particularly good for those who have range of motion limitations. Most chiropractors sell them nowadays and while you’re there, ask them how best to use them. Chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists can provide a wealth of information on the mechanics of pain relief.
Just as with any new fitness activity, start off slow. Build up to a routine of using your foam roller to smooth out the sore spots. If you have fibromyalgia, I can already anticipate this cry — “What do you mean sore SPOTS! Everything hurts!”
I hear ya.
You simply feel knotty all over. But stick with me. Pick a spot – any knot – and start slowly. Use your body’s weight and apply pressure to a particular knot with the foam roller. Work on that kinked area to see if you can get the spasm to let go or at least release its Kung Fu grip on you. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the pain relief you can obtain from just a few minutes a day of using a foam roller on a focused area (such as hips and lower back).
Here are a few tips about using foam rollers –
· Begin slowly and lie down comfortably on your floor or bed.
· Place the roller under a painful area.
· Move it gently for a bit – back and forth. Do your best to “relax” into the knot to get it to release.
· As you progress, try different areas of the body to maximize your efforts.
· Build up a tolerance for pain by working slowly but consistently.
· Be patient with your progress.
· This isn’t a “pain free in minutes” remedy. It takes time and frequency to begin to see results.
· Foam rollers can help to “reset” muscles in spasm through therapeutic and healthy pressure.
· Focused pressure from the foam roller can cause muscles to relax and feel massaged.
· The self-massage benefits of foam rollers can help to extend and maintain results of other forms of exercise and treatments such as yoga, tai chi, qigong, resistance bands, aqua therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic adjustments.
Using a foam roller can have other unexpected benefits as well. It allows me to view my favorite PBS programs from interesting angles.…
As with the use of resistance bands, you can find loads of great tips on YouTube and by Googling the topic.
Another plus of this “stay at home” activity is that you can wear your favorite comfy sweatpants and work out at your own pace. So, what do you have to say? Let others in this community know how foam rollers have helped you to feel more energized – and less knotty.
Got tips of your own to share? Please do below!