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Use of A Foam Roller

The use of a foam roller is becoming more popular today. The reason is because of a change in attitude towards massage therapy. We have been gradually moving away from an injury care mode of modalities to a more European process that focuses on soft-tissue care or manual therapy. Additionally, manual muscle therapy is very effective for sore muscles and for the injured athlete with an overuse syndrome.

In the sports medicine world trainers had to develop techniques for making massage available to large groups of athletes at a reasonable cost. Thus the foam roller was introduced so a self – myofascial release could be performed on an as needed basis. The foam rollers have also been incorporated into injury prevention and performance enhancement programs.

Athletes have been instructed to use the roller to apply pressure to sensitive areas in their muscles. One may use the roller to search for tender areas or trigger points, or to further stretch out tight muscle groups. These rollers come in different sizes, shapes and density of materials.  How often to roll or for how long to roll will vary greatly depending on pain and preference. Generally one may either roll before or after a workout.

To learn more about Dr. Cotler or to schedule an appointment, please call us on (713) 523-8884 or visit www.gulfcoastspinecare.com

Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

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