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2007/06/10 14:27:07 (permalink)

Myofascial rollers

Looking to buy a myofascial release roller.

Done a quick search on google but nothing really stands out.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a decent one that perhaps they have used?

Thanks!

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 14:30:31 (permalink)
    Hi mate i bought mine here

    http://www.physiosupplies.com/acatalog/Fitness_Rollers.html

    I would go for one with a 6" diameter rather than 4"

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 14:32:59 (permalink)
    Cheers mate, looks good and a very fast reply!

    I have used them before for an ice pack and there were good, forgot to check physio supply places

    Do you find any relief from using it?

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 14:39:34 (permalink)
    I first started using one because it was lying around the gym and i remember theym being mentioned on t-nation.

    I used to use it as part of my warm up as i found it helped flexability. Then at the end of the session to to aid recovery.

    I think it does help DOMS tbh, i used to roll my quads, hammies and glutes when they were wrecked with doms and it def seemed to help recovery.

    Also im sure i read it stretchs the muscle fascia, could be a conincidence but areound the time i started using one my legs did grow alot faster.

    You deffinatly get a good feeling from using one, its a good pain!

    it feels wicked rolling on your back!

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 14:45:57 (permalink)

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 15:03:26 (permalink)
    It's great. The two things I use it for are upper back/shoulders and IT band. When I first got it, I was disappointed because it didn't give me the relief in the upper back I hoped for. It turned out I was doing it wrong. I read that you need to wrap your arms around yourself and kind of hug your shoulder blades out of the way. When I started doing it this way it worked a treat. See pics below from tmag.

    Like this doesn’t work
    http://www.t-nation.com/img/photos/04-021-training/image013.gif

    like this does
    http://www.t-nation.com/img/photos/06-150-training/image031.jpg

    This is a good one too, scroll down to the bottom where it says Thoracic Extensions on the Foam Roller
    http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=06-075-training

    It's good for loosening up the IT band too, but painful.

    I find it awkward to use on hamstrings though, I haven't mastered that one at all.

    What were you looking to use it for Graduate?
    post edited by symzie - 2007/06/10 15:04:02

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 15:18:19 (permalink)
    I have had pretty bad back trouble for the last year and as such havent trained for 10 months. My current situtation is that if i pick something up thats too heavy for me (3-4kg ATM) them my quads, hammys, IT band, glutes and lower back tighten up and cause alot of pain. I have massage that helps but cant afford to have it weekly, so looking for something to provide some relief when needed.

    Also i work at a desk and drive a lot so muscle tightness in the back and shoulders in common.

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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 15:29:25 (permalink)
    You have my sympathy.

    Have you been diagnosed with anything specific?

    This might also help your upper back:
    http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/27/Upper_back_mob-reactivation-42003.pdf


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    RE: Myofascial rollers 2007/06/10 15:41:34 (permalink)
    No, not yet. I have so far seen 2x osteopath, chiro, physio, sports massage therpist, doctor and back surgeon and no one has done or suggested anything that has given me any significant progress.

    I am now doing pilaties, having sports massage and seeing an osteo. Just looking for other avenues to go down!

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