Chances are you have seen a foam roller a few times, and chances are better you are not 100 percent certain how to use one. This blog will help give you an idea of what it is for and how it works.
The number one cause of muscle tightness is stress, and stress is something that we all have to one degree or another. Muscles can also be tight because of injury or overuse.
Muscle tightness will also put pressure on nerves which can lead to numbness, tingling and pain. These impairments can be a real detriment to physical therapy and eventual healing of the body and body part.
Like any other tool, proper use of a foam roller is paramount. There is a chance of discomfort over tight muscles and the knots, locations of particularly tight muscle tissue. The user’s body weight is used to break the knots, but the discomfort should not be to the point of excruciating pain. Those who may find pain too much could be using the roller incorrectly.
At Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we may use a foam roller as a part of the required therapy for a patient. The goal is two-fold: break muscle tightness and improve flexibility. This can be in conjunction with stretching or independently. Regardless, there are benefits to a foam roller when used as a part of overall physical therapy.
We have a variety of rollers available here, ranging from soft to firm and some with spikes. All rollers have their specific purpose and the therapists have extensive knowledge in their usage.
It is not a wise decision to go out and randomly purchase a foam roller with the idea of doing personal physical therapy. This can be counter-productive and even dangerous. Improper use of a foam roller can actually impede the therapy and hard work you have already put in with us.
Should you need physical therapy and are interested in adding a foam roller to your current therapies, be sure to ask. We are always ready to accept new patients. Our goal is to return you to your previous state and activity level as quickly as possible. Need more information? Feel free to contact Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center today!
Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center has been providing professional therapy in New York, NY. Call (212) 213-3480 to talk to a therapist today.