Posted 14 July 2011 - 12:07 AM
also, I think I maybe doing some of the rolls incorrectly. There are some hot spots just above my knee which i feel need working. the hot spot is about 2 inches above the top of my knee cap. working on these aggravated the area after completing the rolls. because its in my knee area I get concerned about if its a good or bad thing.
the other question was about technique and things people frequently do wrong or if its possible to do something wrong with a foam roller!
Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:25 AM
I understand its less to do with a rolling action and more to do with resting on hot spots than rolling over them and not like balancing on a see-saw as you roll the whole length of your thigh.
sking - i'd say you are like me and have quads overcompensating and tensing up. the muscle above my knee has always been a behemoth relative to the rest of my body so I am sure he does more than his fair share.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:23 AM
As for around the knee, when I had problems with my ITB the therapist massaged all the way down the ITB around the knee and up to the glute. Unless it is just a matter of having sideways pressure on the knee joint or near it.
Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:26 PM
Eric Cressey, one of the authors of this article, has his own videos at http://www.ericcress...m-roller-series. (NOTE: I really like his articles and videos. Unlike some other coaches one might name, Cressey has an extensive academic and practical background, and he has built a successful business as a strength and conditioning coach for professional athletes.)
Here is my roller, which I love. It's a round piece of wood (about 3.5" dia. x 30" +/- long) wrapped in a cheap yoga mat, tied with butcher's twine. Cheap and effective.
http://www.flickr.co...@N03/5206672814 (can't get the photo to load; sorry)
With this is another roller I use for my upper back: two rubber balls tied in a sock. With one on either side of the spine, you can roll up and down to get the muscles between your spine and your shoulder blades. Ah!
Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:29 PM
The foam roller has basically saved me from my life of bad posture, particularly my neck/T-spine. If I couldn't roll that out, I'm not even sure how to finish that sentence, but yeah, they're good stuff. The purpose of making one yourself isn't so much the slight savings, but the fact that it will never degrade on you.
Posted 07 October 2011 - 04:59 PM
Don't buy the ones without a PVC Pipe in the middle.
No matter how heavy duty the foam is, if there is no hard inner core like a PVC Pipe, it will get smushed sooner or later.