People of all ages commonly think or say “ouch my back hurts” but a simple way to take those words out of your mouth for good is by foam rolling and learning foam rolling tools for the back. Mcbrearty Soft Tissue and Sport Chiropractic are firm believers and educators in foam rolling for not just the back but all aspects of the body. If you think you commonly say ouch my back hurts and could benefit from the resources our office has to offer call us at 330-491-0381 or you can visit our website 

Foam rolling is such an easy and quick thing you can do to prepare your body for activity and also help it to recover faster after activity. By learning the proper ways to foam roll and the tools that you can use to accomplish the task, you will not be saying ouch my back hurts for much longer. At McBrearty Soft Tissue and Sport Chiropractic, we offer so many foam rolling gadgets to help you get the job done. 

One foam rolling device that we constantly teach and use, is an actual foam roller. It is a bit softer when it comes to certain areas and also allows you to cover more surface area when giving treatment to yourself. With a foam roller on your back, there are two ways that you can perform the treatment. The first way is by laying on the ground with the foam roller underneath you. You then would sway your body back and forth letting the foam roller gently massage your back muscles. You can also do this same treatment standing up against a wall and leaning up against the foam roller and move your body up and down. 

The second tool that we encourage our patients to try is a hard small ball such as a lacrosse ball. This allows you to get more pinpoint specific with your treatment. The lacrosse ball is most commonly used by leaning up against the ball with it between the painful area and the wall. When you say ouch my back hurts, it can be treated on your own to get relief but if you’re doing it the right way and you’re still experiencing pain, it may be time to come see us for further help. 

Foam rolling, in general, should only be done once or twice a day for three to five minutes in one area. Any more than that and you could actually cause more harm to the area than good. You also want to be careful that if you have inflammation in the area, you may want to hold off on foam rolling until that inflammation resolves and the tissue is less painful to the touch. 

After learning how to treat yourself at home with foam rolling tools for the back, you will say ouch my back hurts way less than before. For more education on foam rolling or if you are foam rolling and not seeing improvement, call us at 330-491-0381 or visit our website to book an appointment.