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
Foam Rolling: Relieve Pain - Prevent Injury - Improve Mobility; 60 restorative exercises for m
  • Alpha Books
  • Woodworth, Sam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 11/08/2016 (Publication Date) - DK (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
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. 4
Foam Rolling: 50 Exercises for Massage, Injury Prevention, and Core Strength
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Inkster, Karina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 87 Pages - 05/19/2015 (Publication Date) - Skyhorse (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 5
Foam Rolling For Dummies
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Dummies, Consumer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 408 Pages - 12/09/2020 (Publication Date) - For Dummies (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 6
Complete Guide to Foam Rolling
  • Stull, Kyle (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 09/20/2017 (Publication Date) - Human Kinetics (Publisher)
SaleBestseller No. 7
LUCID Rollaway Folding Guest Bed with 4 Inch Memory Foam Mattress - Rolling Cot - Easy Storage - Twin
  • Rollaway guest mattress is soft and ultra-supportive, with a medium-feel mattress featuring 1-inch of memory foam and 3 inches of support foam
  • Quickly pull out the bed for guests or children, then fold and roll away for super easy storage
  • With its easy assembly, locking wheels for safety, and CertiPUR-US certified memory foam with no harmful odors, this bed is safe for children
  • Spring-supported deck offers support more comfortably than wood slat and wire mesh support alternatives. Deck will absorb impact and the sleeper's weight, successfully avoiding that "bouncy" feeling
  • Heavy-duty bed frame comes with an impressive 10-year warranty - Available sizes: Cot, Twin and Twin XL; Twin measures 36 x 73 inches
Bestseller No. 8
OPTP Pro-Roller Soft Density Foam Roller - 36" x 6" - Low Density Foam Roller for Physical Therapy & Exercise
  • Professional Quality withstands the heaviest usage
  • Great for Pilates. Great for clinics
  • The Blue and Green Rollers have Firm Density. Pink Roller has soft density
  • Created by Occupational therapists. Closed cell roller
  • 6" diameter roll
SaleBestseller No. 9
Total Foam Rolling Techniques: Trade Secrets of a Personal Trainer
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Barrett, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 12/30/2014 (Publication Date) - Bloomsbury Sport (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 10
Comfy Memory Foam Heavy Duty Rolling Stool,Adjustable Chair with Wheels for Doctor,Shop,Nail Tech,Potters,Medical ,Massage,Artist ,Tattoo,Studio,Office,Pedicure(Black)
  • Thick Pad——Seating diameter:15.75 inches,Thickness:4.7 inches;Thicker than ordinary.It help you sitting comfortable even after many hours.
  • Rolling Smoothly——360° Swivel caster and ultra-quiet wheels allow for easy movement.Soft polyurethane wheels can prevent scratches on your floor.Easy to install/disassemble. Chair operational in seconds.
  • Height Adjustable——Adjusting the height(from 20.67'' to 26.97'')with the adjustable hydraulic gas lift.
  • Sturdy Durable—— Weight capacity is 400 lbs.The base(20.47'')is thick and strong, the casters are high quality and durable. The steel base makes stool stronger and more gravity bearing than plastic base.
  • Wide Application——It is a necessary tool for beauty hair salon,tattoo studio,shop,clinic,lab,home,gamer and office.

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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.