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
Amazon Basics High-Density Round Foam Roller for Exercise and Recovery - 36 Inch, Black
  • High-density foam roller with molded edges
  • Ideal for balance, strengthening, flexibility, and rehab exercises
  • Made from molded polypropylene to maintain firmness
  • Lightweight, easy to clean and transport
  • Measures approximately 36 x 6 x 6 inches (L x W x H)
Bestseller No. 2
Day 9: Foam Rolling
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Julia Marie (Actor)
  • Corrina Rachel (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Bestseller No. 3
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)
  • 469 Pages - 11/08/2016 (Publication Date) - DK (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 4
ProsourceFit High Density Extra Firm Foam Roller for Muscle Therapy and Balance Exercises 18”x 6”Black
  • This item benefits from an Extended 90 Day Return Window
  • RELIEVE TIGHT MUSCLES - Creates pressure to release trigger points and loosen knots in muscles and improve overall flexibility, especially in commonly tight areas such as the back, calves, IT band, hamstrings, lats, and glutes
  • FIRM MASSAGE - High density foam structure provides a deeper massage than stand-ard foam rollers, and is firm enough to support all body types without losing shape after regular use
  • BODY AWARENESS – This versatile fitness tool offers instability for Pilates core exer-cises, rehab exercises, spine stabilization, and body-awareness
  • REDUCES SORENESS - Eases tightness in muscles after training for faster recovery and reduced soreness – a great addition to workout programs for beginners and ad-vanced users
Bestseller No. 5
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...)        ; )
Bestseller No. 6
NewMe Fitness Workout Posters for Home Gym - Foam Roller Exercise Posters for Full Body Workout - Core, Abs, Legs, Glutes & Upper Body Training Program
  • Get Fit: Fed up with overpriced gym memberships? With our gym posters for home gym, you can customize your cardio, without the financial burn.
  • Convenient: Personal trainer approved, our fitness posters can be hung anywhere - from your high school to your home gym.
  • Comprehensive: This total body workout poster features a wide variety of exercises and infinite workout possibilities. Tone your core, arms, shoulders, back, glutes & legs all from the comfort of your home.
  • Easy to Follow: Complete with large visuals and text that help you maintain proper form, our fitness posters for men and women feature clearly illustrated executions of all exercises from start to finish.
  • Gift: Looking for a thoughtful gift for your gym buddy? No matter the occasion, our gym posters make a fun gift for anyone looking to take on a new fitness challenge.
SaleBestseller No. 7
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 .
SaleBestseller No. 8
Foam Rolling For Dummies
  • Ryan, Mike D. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 432 Pages - 01/07/2021 (Publication Date) - For Dummies (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 9
Massage Roller Stick Pro - Best Body Roller for Muscles Deep Tissue, Sore Calf, Cramps, Back Tightness, Knots, Myofascial Release Physical Therapy, Recovery - Muscle Roller Stick for Athletes (Blue)
  • ✅ BEST NO-PILL THERAPEUTIC STICK: Just a few minutes a day with your muscle massager roller will provide instant relief for spasms & cramps. This athletic roller lowers buildup of lactic acid & reaches deeply into muscle tissue
  • ✅ NO-SQUEAK, ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Made with premium thermoplastic spindles & a solid stainless steel core, our stick roller massager gets rid of tightness & knots for myofascial release & trigger point therapy without noise, skin-pinching or leg hair-pulling!
  • ✅ DESIGNED TO REACH YOUR WHOLE BODY: With Physix muscle stick roller, you can move around & reach muscles hard to access with a usual foam roller - neck, back, legs, arms, shoulders, calves, quads, shins, IT band, hips, feet, the whole body!
  • ✅ USED BY THERAPISTS: Trainers & physiotherapists use & endorse Physix muscle therapy massage stick roller. Not just for athletes, those with IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, body muscle pains, or work out regularly, benefit from our massage rollers!
  • ✅ BETTER THAN A FOAM ROLLER: You can move your deep tissue roller along your entire body & control the pressure, while a foam roller depends on how much weight you put on it. Best, you can use this massage roller by yourself!
Bestseller No. 10
Foam Roller, LuxFit Speckled Foam Rollers for Muscles '3 Year Warranty' Extra Firm High Density For Physical Therapy, Exercise, Deep Tissue Muscle Massage MyoFacial Release Body Roller (Blue, 18 Inch)
  • Foam Rollers For Muscles – LuxFit High Density Foam Roller is great for Physical Therapy, before or after Exercise, Yoga, and Massage Therapy. Foam Muscle Rollers helps to relieve Muscles Tension and increase Muscle Reflexology. Form Roller. Body Roller
  • Foam Exercise Roller Helps Prevent Muscle Injury - Perfect for positioning, balance, postural and muscle re-education, spinal stabilization, body awareness and coordination, ranging and strengthening activities. Yoga - Fitness Foam Roller. Foam Roller for IT Band
  • Extra Firm Gym Foam Roller - Molded polypropylene foam technology has a 2 lbs. per cubic foot density, Smooth surface, Will not lose its shape after heavy use, and Repels Liquids. Trigger Point Foam Roller. Stretching Foam Roler
  • 4 Sizes Available For All Your Needs – 36 Inch, 24 Inch, 18 Inch, 12 Inch. 36 Inch foam roller is our largest size. Black Foam Rollers are great for Back Pain and Back Exercises. Great for core stabilization, balance, and stamina. 6 Inch wide Round Foam Roller. Foam roller for physical therapy & exercise
  • Full 10 Year Limited Warranty - MADE IN THE USA! - with Free Online Instructional VIDEO - Using your own body weight let the faom roller do a MyoFascial release to provide Maximum Relaxation Relief. Deep Tissue Foam Roller Massage. Foam Roller for Back. Leg Roller. Exercise Roller

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Michael Administrator
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.