Foam Rolling for Fibromyalgia

Foam Rolling for Fibromyalgia

The first thing to know about foam rolling is that there are a lot of nonsensical and made up claims for it with a lot of pseudoscience. The warning is be careful what you read about the use of foam rolling by the gurus and pseudo experts. The claims that get made for the use of foam rolling are not backed up by the scientific research on it. Having said that, it is useful. Athletes use it as part of a warm-up and recovery routines. It can help for some specific conditions such as self-massage for plantar fasciitis.

It does not loosen fascia, that is impossible. Its does not release toxins – that is a claim often made by the scientifically illiterate…. and so on. Do not believe the hype.

Given the muscle pain and trigger points in fibromyalgia, can it actually help beyond the hype and personal anecdotes that surrounds its use? While the research does show some benefits in athletes and muscle aches, there is an extraordinary lack of research on its use in fibromyalgia. There is this study (in Italian) that showed that in people with fibromyalgia that the group that used the foam roller did better than the control group on measures of depression, pain, anxiety and sleep quality. So that is a good finding and does support the use of foam rolling in fibromyalgia.

By all means, please try the foam roller. It does appear that it can help. Just do not fall for the hype, marketing and pseudoscience that gets claimed for it.

All you need to do is buy a foam roller (online or at the local sports shop) and find a program (online, in books, or get a personal trainer).

Bestseller No. 1
Foam Rolling: Relieve Pain - Prevent Injury - Improve Mobility; 60 restorative exercises for myofascial release and functional movement
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Woodworth, Sam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 323 Pages - 11/08/2016 (Publication Date) - DK (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 2
Day 9: Foam Rolling
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julia Marie (Actor)
  • Corrina Rachel (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
SaleBestseller No. 3
321 STRONG Foam Roller - Medium Density Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle Massage and Myofascial Trigger Point Release, with 4K eBook - Lavender
  • 12. 75 inches x 5. 25 inch diameter ,  lightweight yet rugged solid core massage roller with EVA tread and triple grid 3D massage zones mimics the finger , palm , and thumb of a therapist's hands .
  • Medium density muscle roller is comfortable to use - making it easy for beginners , but still effective at penetrating the soft tissue layer of tired muscles . Soft enough to use while in pain from lower back injury , sciatica or plantar fasciitis .
  • One of the best recovery tools to treat muscle pain , increase performance and flexibility. Rolling before and after exercise sis part of a great stretching routine . Increases blood flow to massage site , flushing away stored lactic acid .
  • Stretch overworked and strained muscles of the leg , arms , and feet by rolling during your warm up and cool downs . Provides instant benefit to the hamstring , IT band , glutes , and calves by delivering superior massages at home or in the gym .
  • Loved by runners , exercise athletes , yoga and pilates students , swimmers , physical or sports therapy patients , and aid those just doing a normal fitness workout . Great for the arch of the foot , and any part of the superior body but the spine or neck .
Bestseller No. 4
The Original Body Roller - High Density Foam Roller Massager for Deep Tissue Massage of The Back and Leg Muscles - Self Myofascial Release of Painful Trigger Point Muscle Adhesions - 13" Black
  • 3D textured rollers measure 12.5 x 5.5 inches with triple massage zones to replicate the fingers , thumbs , and palms of the human hand .
  • Roll before and after your work out at the gym , Pilates , or yoga to condition and stretch muscle tissue , and remove painful trigger points . Dual grid design has finger zone with ridges , and spiked bumps on the opposite side .
  • Great for runners , after a long workout , or as part of your stretching routine . Heavy Duty EPP construction tough enough for athletes , and still comfortable enough for a beginner .
  • Choose from lightweight and portable 13" model or get full body coverage with our 17" model to get physical therapy grade massages , deep stretches , and acupressure relief all in the privacy of your own home .
  • Speed up recovery , treat muscle pain , increase performance , flexibility , and mobility . One of the best fitness tools to help your body recover , rolling before and after exercise is critical for beginners and pros alike .
Bestseller No. 5
VIBRA Vibrating Foam Roller - Next Generation Electric Foam Roller with 5 Speeds Settings | Includes Carry Case & Vibration Foam Rolling Training (Black)
  • ROLL OUT BETTER THAN EVER – Warm up and recover like never before with the next-generation foam roller with vibration! Powerful pulses reverberate through tight and sore muscles, thwarting tension and soreness like no regular roller ever could.
  • INCREDIBLE ENGINE – Vigorous workouts require vigorous rehabilitation. Epitomie Fitness’s electric roller delivers intense vibrations with its unmatched vibration engine. Capable of up to 3600 RPM to take you from rigid to relaxed in no time!
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR TREATMENT – Restore muscles and maximize performance with the only vibration foam roller with 4 intensity settings and 1 pulsating setting! Each setting relaxes and repairs, sending vibrations deep into your muscles with every pulse!
  • RELAX, IT’S RECHARGEABLE – Not only is your foam roller vibrating massager’s battery rechargeable, but it lasts for over 4 hours! It includes a USB cable, but there’s no need to pull it out just yet. The roller arrives pre-charged!
  • OUR PROMISE – Hit every workout hard for life when you warm up and recover with Epitomie Fitness’s vibrating exercise roller! It comes with a lifetime guarantee, ensuring that every training session is your best one yet.
Bestseller No. 6
Taller, Slimmer, Younger: 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Roxburgh, Lauren (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 292 Pages - 02/02/2016 (Publication Date) - Ballantine Books (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 7
18 Inch Length x 6 Inch Round - The Foam Roller - Best Firm High Density Eco-Friendly EVA Foam Rollers for Physical Therapy, Great Back Roller for Muscle Therapy, Mobility & Flexibility
  • ★ This listing is for our 18 inch X 6 inch foam roller: Please check the correct size - Our popular 18 x 6 roller is ideal for your Hamstring - IT Band - Calves. Our premium EVA body roller will not flake or chip or lose its shape - EVER! Our Premium EVA back rollers offer a firm solid core with a slightly soft exterior and will last forever. EVA is eco-friendly, completely recyclable and contains no formamide or phthalates. Get what the professionals use and experience immediate pain relief
  • ★ Quality assurance you can trust: With USA based Engineering & Lifetime Customer Support & Rigorous Third-Party Testing -we are so confident you will LOVE the professional quality of our foam roller massager that we will refund you if you aren't happy or anything goes wrong - EVER! Add to your cart now to enjoy some of the benefits of foam rolling: Better Sleep - Relaxed Muscles - Smooth Toned skin - Chronic Pain Relief - Increased Mobility & Flexibility
  • ★ Kiss muscle pain goodbye: Tight muscles prevent you from performing your best. Poor mobility interferes with sleep and other daily activities. Sometimes stretching alone is not enough. This is why Chiropractors - Physical Therapists - Personal Trainers - Medical Professionals ALL recommend smooth firm foam rollers as the safest method for relieving back pain - neck pain - core stabilization - trigger point treatment - physical therapy - improving balance
  • ★ Injury prevention is key: Foam rolling breaks up fat fibers and increases oxygenated blood flow for beautifully toned, rejuvenated looking skin and reduces fluid retention. Say goodbye to unsightly cellulite and feeling bloated. Soothe your mind and tired, achy muscles by using our exercise roller before bed for more restorative sleep. Stand taller and feel stronger with Improved Posture - Core Stabilization - Improved Balance & Coordination - Relaxed Muscles
  • ★ Save with professional grade relief: Skip the expensive massage and get deep tissue therapy and myofascial release anytime you want! Improve muscle mobility & increase flexibility today. Our form roller is perfect for muscle reflexology, pre - post workout for Crossfit, Pilates, Yoga, Weight Training, Bodybuilding. Running, or ANY fitness enthusiasts. Our foam muscle roller will have you rolling your way to muscle soreness relief in minutes
SaleBestseller No. 8
The Miracle Ball Method, Revised Edition: Relieve Your Pain, Reshape Your Body, Reduce Your Stress
  • Petrone, Elaine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) - Workman Publishing Company (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Lower Body Release for Muscle Recovery with Foam Roller
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julia Bognar, Micki Duran, Nicole Steen (Actors)
  • Mo Shab (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Bestseller No. 10
321 STRONG 5 in 1 Foam Roller Set Includes Hollow Core Massage Roller with End Caps, Muscle Roller Stick, Stretching Strap, Double Lacrosse Peanut, Spikey Plantar Fasciitis Ball, All in Giftable Box
  • The perfect gift for yourself , or a loved one that's into exercise and working out , this kit has it all -> Our classic triple zone massage roller with end caps for storage , great for deep tissue massage and stretching legs and lower back .
  • There's our premium massage stick for those hard-to-roll areas , like the quad , shin , and inner thigh . Control the intensity of the massage by pressing harder or softer with the handles . Flush lactic acid from muscle tissue after your workout .
  • After the deep tissue massager , the most important thing for your body is stretches . Our stretch strap is amazing for your hamstring and quads . Just wrap one end around your foot , and control the intensity by grabbing different handles .
  • Finally, 2 types of massage balls , both great tools for trigger point and myofascial release . Our double lacrosse ball is best for rolling the forearm , neck , and shoulders - our spike ball is great for the arches of your feet for plantar fasciitis .
  • All of this is backed by our lifetime manufacturer's warranty and 100% Satisfaction Guarantee , To purchase these items separately would cost over $75, making this a great value or a great gift (if you know anyone that likes massages...)        ; )

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My name is Michael and I have had fibromyalgia for a very long time. I have tried everything and nothing for it. Everything has worked and nothing has worked. It is a constant battle to find a glimmer of anything that may help, even a little bit. I hope I can help you.
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