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Foam rolling for fibromyalgia
April 24, 2014

Foam rolling

The following is from Fibromyalgia Fitness, How a Little Exercise Can make a BIG Difference...

"We know that if you have fibromyalgia you have been diagnosed with some 11 out of 18 tender points throughout your body. Many times after exercise the pain is exasperated.

One simple solution I have found great results with is a foam roller.

I began using a foam roller personally about 2 years ago after suffering from a tight lower back, just above my right buttocks. I began sitting on a foam roller, gently rolling out the knotted area, back and forth.

It hurts but feels good at the same time. That's the only way I can describe the feeling. I am now addicted to my daily self massage using my roller. They come in different sizes and densities.

I always recommend starting with a soft foam roller until you can manage a harder one like the one I use from trigger point therapy called “the grid.”

Its founder, Cassidy Phillips, a fellow fibromyalgia sufferer, has developed some amazing products for real pain relief. I do not make any money from his company, but I really believe in his products.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you need a foam roller. They are a tremendous tool for getting to those tight tender points.

Foam rollers range from $5.00 to $50.00, and are well worth the money.

Below is a foam roller exercise which will bring your sore tender points relief.

Take your time and go gently at first. Just the pressure of sitting on a foam roller can make you wince. But trust me, you will feel the relief a day or two after.

Remember, if you get to a spot on your body that feels a lot of pressure when rolling, concentrate on that specific area, rolling slow and deep."


1. Using your arms and feet to to help support you, place your self sideways on the roller just below your hip. Now gently roll from the hip down to just above your knee.

2. This loosens the tissue which runs from your hips to your knees.

Click here for more foam rolling exercises...

Eric Suarez,CPT.

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