Foam Roller

Are Foam Rollers any good and is there actually a 'best one' to buy?

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11/10/2012 at 22:27

Hi All,

Ive slowly been getting myself back into shape following an ongoing injury.  The good news is Im on the mend.  I have been thinking about buying a Foam Roller has weekly Sports Massages are too expensive.  Are these any good and what do I need to look for when buying one?  Any recommendations?

Thanks

Sandeep

WiB
11/10/2012 at 23:13
In my opinion the foam roller works very well, I was initially skeptical but now I use it every rest day at least.

I have only used one type so can't comment on which is best without it being "the one I have is best"
WiB
12/10/2012 at 12:02

I just have a cheapo £10 one. Love it for rolling calfs and quads, and cracking out my back. Plus a great head cushion for watching the telly whilst lying on the living room floor when you've finished.

12/10/2012 at 14:51

yes, i have found one very useful, i just bought the cheapest one i could off Amazon.

12/10/2012 at 14:53

Thanks very much guys, I will just get a cheap one too and see how it goes.

13/10/2012 at 16:26
My green Reebok roller was instrumental in sorting a debilitating IT band injury and I have found that it works great on tight ham strings too. Also good on calves and quads.

I recommend them!
Edited: 13/10/2012 at 16:27
13/10/2012 at 16:42

Yes highly recommended but there is not much you can do to a roller to add value the value is in the way you work it, so cheaper is better, under a tenner off Amazon

13/10/2012 at 17:49
I recommend long ones to patients, the 1m length. Then you can use them for more things like core work. The harder the roller the better!
13/10/2012 at 19:24
I've been using one since July and its brilliant for my calves and helping with an Achilles niggle. I should use it every day and its supposed to be good for a warm up too
13/10/2012 at 21:08
On the advise of my physio I bought one today from Up and Running in Birminghamon. It's stamped Fitness-Mad and feels pretty hard.
Will see how it goes and report back.
14/10/2012 at 23:13

Thanks very much everyone, will be buying one tomorrow!

15/10/2012 at 15:59

Good advice on here I have had trouble with calf cramps and tight hamstrings

so have ordered a foam roller to be delivered tomorrow I hope it solves the problem as its very frustrating not being able to run........

 

15/10/2012 at 16:47

I do rate them. Paid a bit more for mine - called '66FIT ELITE FOAM ROLLER' 15cmx90cm from fleabay. I will say this though - go easy with it until you know what muscles you are working on and the effects it will have. I worked on my glutes and was getting into the piriformis area - I think I may've aggravated a nerve and it's quite possible (just like with regular massage) to "over treat" an area.

06/11/2012 at 12:31

Can anyone tell me if a bog standard foam roller will do or is a grid one better? Fed up with ITBS  now so gonna start rolling with it...

07/11/2012 at 15:07

Depends how much you want to spend. The grip ones e.g. triggerpoint are better, because as they have a plstic core they don't become misshapen over time. However, they are 4x the price of straightforward foam ones, so judge how much you will use it, over what period, and thus how often you might have to replace a foam one.

07/11/2012 at 19:24
Hi I have just bought a foam roller as have really tight calf muscles and have been having pain just below my left calf which has stopped me running as pain comes on about 2 miles into run. So after doing all RICE stuff and having an enforced rest ( which is killing me! ) I have bought roller to try and loosen calves. Can you just do it daily without exercising whilst resting my calves or should I wait till back running and how long would you recommend doing it for each time? Thanks any suggestions welcome
08/11/2012 at 02:41

Netty, I hope this relates - not the same injury, but I bought mine for an IT band injury on the reccomendation of my physio, used it every day along with some stretches reccomended to help too, and didn't run during my recovery period. I have to say I think it worked wonders, I had done all sorts before and my injury just kept coming backworse even after months of no running. Combo of physio and foam rolling fixed it, in a relatively short time, and even though I havent kept up the rolling since (although I know I should) my knee feels stronger than ever

08/11/2012 at 12:21
dancing in spikes wrote (see)

Depends how much you want to spend. The grip ones e.g. triggerpoint are better, because as they have a plstic core they don't become misshapen over time. However, they are 4x the price of straightforward foam ones, so judge how much you will use it, over what period, and thus how often you might have to replace a foam one.

My cheap roller has taken months of use and abuse without showing any sign of wearing down or changing shape or firmness. Brand is Fit66, bought from Amazon, cost less than £20 including delivery charge. I'm very glad I didn't spend more on the dearer ones like the grid, cause I don't think they could be any better than my cheap one.

On the other hand, there are a couple of cheap blue foam rollers at my gym, and they're so worn out it's like rolling over a big marshmallow. Bloody useless!

08/11/2012 at 22:14

I have a cheap one, but have just bought a triggerpoint one too - mainly as it is hollow and so I should be able to take it when I travel.

I find it really useful for upper legs and back, but less so for my calves. I use a small ball under them to get more pressure. I have a spiky plastic one, but actually fins a tennis ball does the job as well.

10/11/2012 at 13:29
Are they any good for hamstring injuries?
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