You may have heard of foam rolling. It can help relieve back pain and also be performed as a relaxation exercise. If you have a foam roller at home, give this back exercise a try. While seated on the floor with a foam roller positioned directly behind you, lie back onto the foam roller. Elevate your pelvis and begin gently rolling back and forth over the roller. If less pressure is desired, this exercise may be performed upright, against a wall. Perform for one minute, twice per day or as otherwise directed. Additionally, laying on the foam roller with your tailbone, spine, and head resting on the roller is a great relaxation exercise. Allow your arms fall to the side with elbows touching the ground as you relax on the roller for a minute or so.
Foam rolling doesn’t need to be an all-day activity. A few minutes here and there can be a helpful self-care tool but spending too long on it can be counterproductive. This can be a wonderful exercise to do when you get home from work and have finished with work for the day. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected] Or check out our home page for more information.