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foam rollers - good or not so good?
rose717 posted:
I've used a foam roller in the past to help my back/shoulder muscles, per my PT's suggestion. What I've done is lie long-wise on it and rolled from side to side, as well as place the roller vertically across my mid-back and roll from mid-back to shoulders. Sometimes it feels great and "irons out" kinks; othe rtimes, it just plain hurts. Is using a foam roller helpful or harmful to an osteoporotic spine? Your thoughts, please! Thanks!
Tomato05 responded:
I don't think it will harm your spine - the foam roller will work on your muscles and other tissues, similar to a deep-tissue massage.

If you follow the actions prescribed by your PT it could be useful for relieving tension in your shoulder and back muscles. The pain you feel is probably where it hits on the knotty places in your muscles.

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