Anyone use a foam roller?

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15/07/2013 at 21:03

Heard a lot about foam rollers, anyone use them for massage and recovery, just wondered what your thoughts were on them.

16/07/2013 at 05:46

Best thing ever. Great for IT bands, calves, quads and hammies. I've also found a great stretch for my psoas that utilises the roller in the small of the back. Lifesaver, as I have osteitis pubis.

You need a foam roller!

16/07/2013 at 07:35

I can only agree, love mine.

16/07/2013 at 07:42

Absolutely agree - my physio recommended I got one as I'm recovering from injury.  Hated it to begin with because it hurt to use it, but as the muscles eased up, I grew to love it.  It even went on holiday in the suitcase earlier in the year.

Use it several times a week and it's brilliant.  You definitely need one if you are a runner.  You don't need to buy an expensive branded one - I got mine for about £8 on Amazon and it works a treat.

16/07/2013 at 09:30

Agree with the above - I am the worst person in the world for stretching - but happy plonk myself on my foam roller for 20 minutes after my longer runs - it hurts, but it's good pain! Lots of free videos on Youtube about the best way to use it as well - and they're cheap as chips - I think mine was £13 including postage from Amazon.

16/07/2013 at 09:38

Never having had one, I find it hard to think how a foam roller hurts.  And how £13 for  a bit of foam can be considered to be "cheap as chips".

I'm sure I'm missing the point somewhere

16/07/2013 at 10:05

Cheap compared to a £25+ for one sports message?

16/07/2013 at 10:16

Try a rumble roller. More than just foam and has the a ability to hurt like hell. Great piece of kit.

16/07/2013 at 15:35

Got mine from Sports Direct, if you want to have a look and feel before you buy... They have perfectly serviceable ones pretty cheaply.

16/07/2013 at 15:36
Run Wales wrote (see)

Never having had one, I find it hard to think how a foam roller hurts.  And how £13 for  a bit of foam can be considered to be "cheap as chips".

I'm sure I'm missing the point somewhere

It's hard foam and, believe me, it can really hurt if you have a traumatised muscle! And you can get them a lot cheaper than £13. Of course, you could get 'a bit of foam' and roll it up youself. Let us know how you get on.

16/07/2013 at 18:12

I had never used one but have had a bit of a niggle in my shin/calf, mentioned it to a friend who brought over her roller. Two days later zero niggle. Have ordered one. It's was 10 mins of rolling for 2 days and sorted. Hurt, REALLY hurt on the shins but if it means I don't have to miss a run because of a silly niggle I'm happy. 

16/07/2013 at 20:55

I can only add to all of the above comments.

foam rollers are fantastic, ask any Physio, sports recovery specialist etc.

mine cost £9 and I've made mine oval with so much use.

they really do help in between runs for recovery and prevention too, I had a slight niggle in the I.T area, started using the roller and cleared up within couple days

16/07/2013 at 22:18
I've just finished a masochistic 10 mins on a soleus strain. Ouch!
16/07/2013 at 22:20

I don't think I must have been using mine properly cos I'm the only person I know that didn't find it much use!!

16/07/2013 at 23:53
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Of course, you could get 'a bit of foam' and roll it up youself. Let us know how you get on.

Foam rollers are rubbish.  The sellotape holding them together comes off way too easily.

17/07/2013 at 09:21

I had ITB syndrome that made it painful just to walk. Running was out of the question.

I bought my foam roller to help recover from this. At first it very nearly brought me to tears rolling with weight of just one leg. Eventually I could use the weight of both legs. ITB syndrome cured. 

I'm currently using it to help stretch out some very tight psoas muscles to make running with osteitis pubis a little less painful. 

I try to roll routinely every day, focussing on ITBs, calves, quads and glutes. It definitely works for me. If I miss a few days I really feel it.

Edited: 17/07/2013 at 09:28
17/07/2013 at 09:37

I've been looking into getting one for a while.

They tend to my 45cm long or 90cm long. Any thoughts on whether you need the wide one???



13/08/2013 at 14:12

By using the longer one you can do both legs at once - saves abit of time

13/08/2013 at 15:04

Dunky D get the longer one, Paul's right. I bought a foam roller after having advice from a sports physio, it worked wonders for me & I recommend getting one. I was given specific exercises for my problem, at first it was quite uncomfortable then after a couple of days it was ok so you have to take the pain for the gain! Lots of different videos on Youtube too for advice etc.

14/08/2013 at 22:01

If your only interested in lower leg massage, the a could do the job (or alternativley a £3 rolling pin from Wilkos). I prefer it as I can put more pressure on getting deep into my calves than I can with a foam roller.

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