Daily, many patients ask, “Besides getting an adjustment or a massage, what else can I do to help this?” The possible answers to that question, depending on an individual’s condition, resources, and motivation, are both varied and long (for example, stretching, eliminating sugar, conditioning, changing desk height, modify the offending activity, change pillow, etc.).
However, massage seems to be almost universally helpful, and when you can’t get in to have a professional do it… consider Foam Rolling.
A foam roller is incredibly low-tech and inexpensive (under $9.00 in some cases). The foam is usually like the stuff used to make pool noodles but in a 6-inch diameter roll. You position yourself on top of it and move in various directions to massage and stretch your muscles.
I personally have found it to be very effective, and in 15 minutes or less I’ve got the whole body done. If you’d like to try it, here are two good demonstration videos:
Let us know how it goes for you.
Bruce Weisbein, D.C.