As I sit here trying to come up with a blog post, Dr. Nielson is working with a patient and educating him on the many benefits of the foam roller.
Voila! I know what to blog about today!
If you know Dr. Nielson, you know he is the foam roller's biggest fan. You'll often see patients in our rehab room utilizing this cylinder-shaped marvel. So what's the big deal?
The pandemic has led to more and more people working from home and spending a lot of time on their laptops. This, in turn, has led to more and more tight necks and shoulders. If we're not slumped over at a computer, we're likely slouching on the couch, binge watching hours and hours of Netflix. Our posture muscles are screaming for help!
Enter the foam roller.
When you lay down lengthwise on the foam roller with your arms stretched out at 90 degrees, it opens up those chest muscles which have been closed up from all of our slouching! It also give a good stretch to the muscles in your back, relieving pain. Further, you can practice some breathing techniques while you're down there to help lower stress. In fact, Dr. Nielson recommends doing this for at least ten minutes every day.
Another option is to lay down perpendicular to the foam roller, cross your arms over your chest, and slowly roll back and forth. You'll be rolling out those knots and all that tension - and feeling better in no time.
If you have any questions about the foam roller, you are always welcome to call or come in to learn more. You can order them on Amazon or come on down to the office and pick one up today.