Foam roller

How to use a foam roller to ease lower back pain

Foam RollerA few years ago, during one of my bad lower back pain stints, I went out and bought a foam roller. It was one of the best things I ever did (as well as start bed yoga of course!). It’s astonishing how lower back pain can often be caused by too much sitting. But how?

Well, in a nutshell, when we sit for too long, the muscles in our hip flexors get so tight that over time they contract, which can cause pain in the lower back, as well as tightness in the thighs. I suffered terribly with it until I started a regular yoga practice.

How to use a foam roller

A foam roller is, essentially, like having a deep tissue massage but without the cost, or having to travel to the nearest spa every other day. All you do is roll over it. Yep, it’s as easy as that. But if that’s not quite clear enough for you, then check out my video (above) on how to use a foam roller, and you’ll see how simple it is. Not to mention affordable.

Bear in mind, though, that using a foam roller isn’t as effective as a yoga class. You need to stretch out those hip flexors as often as possible to fully relieve the pain. A foam roller is a wonderful addition to any yogi’s home practice though.

By the way, I mentioned spas… my nearest spa is Macdonald Monchique. I haven’t visited yet but I’m hoping to soon. I’ll keep you posted on that!

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  • Thank you Suzy for linking this fab post!
    I’ve always wanted a foam roller as I heard it was good for back pain… and knee pain too.
    I must go an get one next time I’m in town.
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

    • Let me know how you get on, Samantha!
      Suzy XXX

  • I have a love/hate relationship with the foam roller, I think we all do! It does well but it hurts so bad haha 😀

    • LOL you’re right, Andreea!! But it IS a good hurt, right?! lol
      Suzy x

  • I used a foam roller at PT and really need to have one at home. Thanks for sharing these exercises!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

    • My pleasure, Jill! Thanks so much for watching 😀
      Suzy x

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