Foam Rolling Lesson

Hello!  As we begin Summer Break I have to share a slightly funny/sad experience I had over the weekend.

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In an attempt to loosen my hip flexor and relieve post-running pain I used a foam roller and tried to do this…

But ended up doing this…

Yes, as I tried a few different positions I found online for rolling out the hip flexor  I was was frustrated with the pain.  However, I knew that massaging out sore muscles doesn’t usually feel good, so I kept going.  I had read to start massaging for 10 seconds at a time and work up to 30 seconds.

Rolling on the front wasn’t so bad, but when I rolled around to where I felt was closer to the pain it was awful.  With the pain I was having I only lasted the 10 seconds and was in tears when it was done.

Well, duh!!!

Sunday morning in the shower I found the bruise on my hip that looked much, much worse than today’s picture. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the idea that I injured myself while trying to massage with the foam roller.

It did explain one thing…the most pain I was having was most likely because I was only rolling directly over my hip bone, with only a layer of fat between..no muscle.

DOH!

Yes, folks even though I’ve had to lighten my hair with a bottle as I’ve gotten older, I’m a natural-born blonde.  Days like this it shows terribly.

Ahem, so please don’t forget….
Self massaging with the foam roller is only for use on actual muscle, not bone covered by some fat.

Trust me, I’ve now learned this the hard way.

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2 Responses to Foam Rolling Lesson

  1. Caron says:

    I've just begun to hear about this but now I think I'll skip it. I bruise easily anyway. 🙂

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  2. Leah says:

    Caron, I know people who have done this and it works great. It just has to be done correctly, so oplease don't liet my experience deter you. 🙂

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