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A brief instructional video talking about the benefits of foam rollers. A great way to stretch and increase your flexibility.
Take a look at this video which gives a good insight into what might be causing your pain and how to fix it with a foam roller..
Courtesy of an article from the foam roller guide.....
Using foam roller for IT band is one of the most common used for the tool. This is because the Iliotibial band or the muscle found at our outside thigh is one of the most used and usually injured tissues in the body. In fact, over use of the muscle causes the Iliotibial band syndrome, an inflammation of the area that often shows up in athletes. Since the condition can be very painful, it usually prevents them from performing at top form, making it essential to take care of the problem quickly.
Foam Roller for IT Band
Using a foam roller for IT Band problems is one of the most effective techniques to solve this problem. A foam roller which is popular for its Myofasial Release properties manages to release the tension trapped in the IT Band, allowing the pain to be gone faster.
Of course, there are also other methods used for this problem, but so far, a foam roller for IT band pains is the most common one used. In fact, it has been the choice of most athletes, finding it not only effective but very versatile since they can use it for other body parts.
Following are IT Band exercises using the foam roller.
IT Band Roll
Place the foam roller on the ground and begin with lying on your side. The foam roll should be resting on your IT band area, just below the hip. Prop your elbows in order to maintain the position. You could also cross one leg on top of the other to increase the pressure or you could just let it be there for balance. To achieve maximum pressure, heavily rest on leg on top of the other. Now, start rolling slowly but heavily downwards until you are near your knees. After that, slowly climb back, stopping in specifically painful points for longer periods of time. You can do this for two to three minutes, depending on how you asses yourself.
Of course, the IT Band area is also connected to other tissues, making it necessary to exercise this too as much as possible. For the glute roll, the foam must be situated directly under your butt. You don’t have to use your hands to lift your upper body here, just lie on your back at a relaxed position. Now, start rolling the foam towards the injured area before rolling back. Like in the IT Band roll, try to increase pressure on painful areas and linger there for some time to squeeze out the tension. Do this for two to three minutes.
At first, the exercise can be painful since you are just starting out on the Myofascial release but after some time, the pain will soon fade away, allowing the muscle to relax. Keep in mind to maintain proper balance so that you don’t injure the body part rather than cure it. Aside from the IT band, the foam roller may also be used in different body parts, wherever pain or tension is felt.
As useful and versatile as they are, Foam Rollers are slowly starting to get the recognition they deserve. We know you know you need one. However we also know you may not know how to use one (how many times did we just use the word "know"?) ! Here are some great tips courtesy of the Foam Roller Guide (and a useful video from Kinetic Fitness in the UK):
Lie on your left side and put the foam roller under you hip. Now, use your elbow for balance, placing it firmly on the floor. Initially, both your legs should be extended straight towards the floor. Then, slowly bend your right knee and bend it over the right leg, placing the foot just in front of the right one. You’ll find that this is the most comfortable position you can get and once you’re happy with the way things are, slowly roll your hip up and down the roller. The movements should encompass your hip and upper thigh area. For the right hip, just flip over and reverse the position. You should be able to roll for about two or three minutes every day.
This one is the most basic exercise for the foam roller and could give the most benefit after a long day of hard work. Clear an area off the floor and put your foam roller in the place of your choice. Now, lie on it with your back and slowly move up and down so that the foam would distribute pressure all over your tissues and muscles.
For this exercise, you’ll be improving your balance as well as your triceps. First off, sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you. Your hands should be stretch out at your back, helping you maintain balance. However, it would not be placed on the floor but on the foam roller. With your hands on the foam roller, tighten your core, extend your arms and lift yourself off the floor. Make sure that your shoulders don’t contract, keeping it straight and in line with your hands.
For the upper part of your arms, try doing push ups while holding on to the foam roller.
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