Heather caught me on Facebook this afternoon, wondering what she can do for her chronic back pain during the 2 weeks that her chiropractor is out of town.
Oh, Heather! I know how it is; I get absolutely panicky inside when I can’t get instant access my chiropractor!
Luckily, there is an inexpensive tool to help you maintain a more comfortable existence between chiro appointments: the foam roller.
Just a simple cylinder of high density foam, this magical creature will become your best friend! You can find them at most sporting goods stores, or you can order from Amazon (and support heylaurawhat.com!)
The foam roller assists in self massage for myofascial release. The fascia are the connective tissues that basically hold you together; loosening them will help release the tension that could be the source of your back pain.
Here’s a pleasant young man demonstrating what I consider to be the most effective foam rolling technique for low back and sciatic pain: The piriformis massage. Let me tell you, this one is a doozy! If you’re holding tension in this muscle (and most people do!), it can be excruciating! In a good way! I promise!
This guy has a whole collection of videos here, in case you catch the myofascial release bug and want to loosen up your whole body!
I hope you feel better soon, Heather!