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BERRY4 SparkPoints: (244,023)
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9/29/14 10:30 P

oh my goodness...YES! There is a good number of exercise, stretches, balancing, etc that can be done on the foam roller! This older body wouldn't do well without it!

JASONZ Posts: 160
9/24/14 9:25 A

Yes! I don't know how I lived without one.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (248,675)
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9/23/14 11:07 A


RUBYREDSTAR19 Posts: 5,541
9/23/14 8:41 A

I use the deep tissue foam roller...OMG what a difference it makes and I feel AMAZING

GERRYH2 Posts: 365
9/22/14 8:58 P

So who is using a foam roller?

GERRYH2 Posts: 365
9/9/14 4:33 P

The biggest one I have heard is that one can cause more injury or further inflammation to sore muscles or joints. The alternative would be a massage in those areas.

Edited by: GERRYH2 at: 10/1/2014 (21:45)
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9/9/14 9:44 A


LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 23,762
9/8/14 10:22 P

I have never heard a negative thing said about foam rollers.
What are those 'cons' you mention, OP?

GERRYH2 Posts: 365
9/8/14 9:20 P

Yes, I have changed out my roller from one that was a bit soft to one that is firm. I have seen the PVC type - no thanks!

JIBBIE49 Posts: 69,032
9/5/14 1:54 A

Oh, I use them at the gym and I love the exercises I can do, such as stretching my back. emoticon

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (189,926)
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9/4/14 1:09 P

I have been using a foam roller for many years. I have found it to be really helpful when it does come to muscle recovery.

Have you been using the same roller for years ? If so, you probably need a new roller. Foam rollers do get soft with time and lose their stiffness. You might consider buying a new one. You'll feel a difference if you do.

Also, you might consider going to something like a PVC pipe. I've been using that more than the foam roller I have. And well, for the masochists, there is always the tennis ball or the small rubber ball. That's not for the faint hearted. Those two will really dig into the muscle fiber.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,690
9/4/14 12:57 P

I've never had much luck with one (probably user error, lol). Instead, stretching has helped me with the tight muscles and pains that I used to get, especially in the hips.

JCOW84 SparkPoints: (9,041)
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9/4/14 9:57 A

Yes, I love the roller too - it helps loosen my hips!

RUBYREDSTAR19 Posts: 5,541
9/4/14 7:29 A

OH MY GOSH YES!! I love them. I use the deep tissue massage roller and it loosens my muscles and allows me to do so much more. So much cheaper than getting massages all the time too

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,401
9/3/14 9:20 P

Totally agree with LEC - rollers are great for muscle recovery. Not sure what else they are good for, but the recovery aspect itself is enough reason to justify them.


LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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9/3/14 3:50 P

I can't imagine what the cons would be. Its a useful tool for self massage and stretching. Anyone trying to say its good for more than that is blowing wind.

GERRYH2 Posts: 365
9/3/14 3:48 P

I have been using a foam roller for many years. I have heard pro's and con's about using one. What are your thoughts?

Edited by: GERRYH2 at: 9/4/2014 (16:30)
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