As we age many of us start to notice new aches and pains. Oftentimes, this discomfort is written off as part of getting older. But aging doesn’t mean we have to live with chronic pain.
There are many things that can be done at home to combat this discomfort. Foam rolling is one easy and inexpensive treatment you may want to consider.
What is Foam Rolling?
Basically foam rolling is a self-massaging technique using a foam roller or ball. By applying pressure and rolling various points on your body with a specially designed foam roller, you can loosen muscle knots and relieve pressure on nearby joints.
As foam rolling grows in popularity, the list of benefits is becoming more and more apparent:
- Improved muscle imbalance and joint flexibility
- Relief of painful muscle spasms and fatigue after exercise
- Boosted muscle recovery
- Promotes normal blood circulation
Beginners Guide to Foam Rolling
First things first, be sure to consult with your doctor before you begin foam rolling. Some questions to bring up with your doctor may include how often you should use your foam roller to help alleviate pain, and which muscles to apply pressure to when foam rolling.
For example, lower back pain could be caused by tightness in the hips or hamstrings, so your doctor will be the best resource here in identifying the source of your pain.
A few more tips to keep in mind:
Softer is Better
Not only are softer foam rollers more ideal for those who are new to foam rolling, they are also recommended for aging muscles and joints.
Start with 10 minutes at a time and slowly progress to what works best for you. Ease into foam rolling by rolling in multiple directions, such as front to back, side to side, and in circles.
If it Hurts, Stop!
Foam rolling shouldn’t hurt. It should feel good and help relieve aches and pains. As with any other exercise, if it hurts, don’t do it. Ask your doctor.
As new aches and pains appear over time, it’s important to remember that it’s never too late to start exercising, stretching, and foam rolling.
You can start a wellness program and be pain-free at any age. Just a few minutes a day can help reduce chronic pain and add up to a healthier lifestyle.
The Twin Towers fitness center, The Connection, offers a variety of classes and equipment specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool.
Our fitness center is open to the community and memberships are available. For more information on The Connection or Twin Towers, contact us online or give us a call at 513-853-2000.