Why Foam Rolling matters every single day

Why Foam Roll & Stretch Everyday?

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Stretch Therapy Dallas

Our ideas, methods and science is based on the Stretch Therapy program out of Dallas, Tx. The Stretch Therapy session Sunday (08/05/18) focused on a few areas that clients complained about. The first focus was low back (sacral area), IT-band and finally focused on the scapular area of the upper back. At the end of the session all members achieved more flexibility and simply felt more relaxed. Did they purchase Rx pills or take an expensive concoction to relieve their stress induced pain? No! we smartly approached a very effective stretching and foam rolling session that released tons of locked up endorphins that aid in the healing metabolism of muscle, joints and bone.

Musculoskeletal Pain Complaint Info In American Life

General pain complaints account for approximately 50% of all doctors visits in U.S.A. annually. In the U.S., pain complaints as common as back pain, fibromyalgia, MS and other neuromuscular and musculoskeletal complaints account for roughly 60% of all doctor related visits of that 50%. Common treatments for acute to chronic pain include narcotics, steroid, simulators and NSAID’s. If those treatments are not effective then the next step is a surgical procedure. If those procedures do not take care of the chronic pain then most medical professionals simply stop taking you seriously. Working as a paramedic both on the ambulance and in the emergency room has brought awareness to the urgency of non-procedural and non-narcotic alternatives to musculoskeletal pain. Last week a patient we transported told me that a botched steroid injection in spinal column (similar to an epidual) of the low back caused her to be partially paralyzed from the waist down because she was allergic to the treatment cocktail. Her husband had to assist in picking her up to place her on the stretcher so we could transport her to an MRI appointment to determine the the extent at which her nerves of the CNS had been compromised. Could a daily foam rolling and stretching routine prevented this from happening? Approximately 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from pain costing the system 600 billion dollars annually. Western Medical practices have shamed and disregarded those that mention alternative therapies like CBD, acupuncture, chiropractic spinal adjustments, other natural pain and inflammation remedies similar to cannabis. Ironically, Western Medicine is actually considered the “alternative medicine” when compared to Chinese, Hindu and African methods. As a 10 year veteran paramedic I can honestly admit the the opioid addiction crisis is real. Western Medical treatments that historically have managed these chronic conditions are quickly becoming obsolete. Similarly, how has your experiences been interacting with medical professionals as it relates to managing your acute or chronic inflammatory conditions? Simply stated, Western Medical practices are all running out of tricks to manage your musculoskeletal related inflammation and generalized pain.*

“on a side note, years back I had a chronic shoulder issue that kept me from being able to put my shirt on in the morning. The Sport Medical Doctor prescribed me Vioxx. Vioxx was proven to  show an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Vioxx is now banned.”

use two foam rollers instead of just one

USE Two Rollers Instead of One

As you approach a foam rolling routine or stretching program combining additional rollers with added stretch will improve your overall experience outcome. The added benefit of using two rollers allows for more of a streamlined rolling feel without the unanticipated friction of the ground. While it may appear to be difficult or appear to be an advanced level style method, even a beginner can enjoy the benefits of utilizing more than one roller or added stretching equipment throughout a foam rolling routine. Additionally, you will improve your proprioceptive awareness or balance performing parallel foam roller approach.

What are the benefits?

  1. Isolate the targeted muscle or muscle group.
  2. Changing the angle changes the overall feel and depth of your targeted layers of that muscle group.
  3. It feels smoother and your experience feels less impacted by friction or ground related elements that take away from the self-massage.
  4. You will loosen up the targeted area faster with two rollers.
  5. Take pressure off of unnecessary or non-targeted joints so you can achieve a true relaxation of the targeted area.
  6. Extreme endorphin release
  7. Transitioning is easier from one position to another. ie. if you want to add in a stretch, you are better able to adjust the angle of your positioning to achieve a deeper more effective stretch.
  8. It simply feels more natural to utilize the two roller approach.

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About the Author : Mark H.

Hello everyone Mark Harman from Dallas, Texas. Other than owning Living Organically Valuing Exercise LLC. I am a full time Paramedic. Paramedicine along with my BS in biology has taught me a lot about the body in health and disease. I am enthusiastically obsessed with foam rolling and self-myofascial release therapies and techniques. My passion grows everyday.

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