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 - 18-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 18 x 6 x 6 inches (LxWxH)
SaleBestseller No. 2
Foam Rolling: Relieve Pain - Prevent Injury - Improve Mobility; 60 restorative exercises for m
  • Woodworth, Sam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 11/08/2016 (Publication Date) - DK (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 3
Foam Roller, Trigger Point Foam Roller, for Back, Legs, Relieve Muscles Pain, Physical Therapy, Self Massage, Massage Roller for Deep Muscle Massage Pilates Yoga
  • 🧘【 High-Quality Material 】Made of safe, non-toxic, pressure-resistant, waterproof and eco-friendly EVA materials, lightweight, good cushioning elasticity, and durable. Suitable for sports enthusiasts, men, women and children can be used for yoga, fitness, running, dancing, leisure, sports, daily exercise, etc.
  • 🧘【Deep Tissue Muscle Massage】Trigger Point Foam Roller has a medium firmness and three different surfaces, three levels of massage, mimics the fingers, palms and thumbs of a massage therapist's hands. It targets deeper and massages relax more your muscles.
  • 🧘【Effective Pain Relief】The foam roller can improve blood circulation, relieve muscle soreness and relieve muscle tension, effectively relieve muscle soreness and soreness. Rolling on a foam roller before a workout stretches muscles and tendons, relieves muscle tension, and strengthens core strength and flexibility. Rolling after a workout can help with self-massage and myofascial release
  • 🧘【Ultimate Soothing Experience】The foam roller is the best massage tool for massaging the surface of the whole body, especially the shoulders, calves, waist and feet, breaking the trigger points, relieving tense fascia, while increasing blood flow and soft tissue circulation.
  • 🧘【Easy to Carry】Size: 13'' x 5.5'', lightweight and easy to carry, you can easily take them to your home, office, yoga class, gym, etc., massage your muscles anytime, anywhere, relieve muscle tension, deep release fatigue
SaleBestseller No. 4
321 STRONG Foam Roller - Medium Density Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle Massage and Myofascial Trigger Point Release, with 4K eBook - Orange
  • 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. 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
Cathe STS 2.0 Foam Rolling Upper + Lower Body Recovery Workout DVD For Women & Men - Use As a Self-Myofascial Release Techniques To Improve Mobility, Reduce Muscle Soreness, and Enhance Athletic Performance.
  • Includes 2 Cathe Foam Rolling Workouts On 1 DVD - Foam Rolling Upper Body (19 mins.) and Foam Rolling Lower Body (13 min.)
  • Loosen Tight Muscles - Release tight muscles, improving flexibility and increasing range-of-motion without reducing power
  • Break Up Scar Tissue - The Cathe foam roller uses myofascial release is to break up this scar tissue, increase blood flow and release tension so the muscle can move fluidly again
  • Trigger Points- When using your Cathe Foam roller you're looking for "trigger points," areas that feel painful when the roller touches them. Once you've identified a trigger point, maintain pressure on that point for 30 to 60 seconds before continuing to roll back and forth. Maintaining tension activates neuromuscular receptors that help the muscle relax. Don't forget to breathe when you're rolling!
  • Recover From Cathe Leg Day - Cathe Foam rolling works well for tight hamstrings and quadriceps muscles. This especially true after a Cathe Leg Day! Tightness in these muscles can cause your form to be bad when doing squats. It's also effective for easing the discomfort of iliotibial band syndrome and painful shin splints that increase the risk of injury.
Bestseller No. 7
Foam Rolling: 50 Exercises for Massage, Injury Prevention, and Core Strength
  • Inkster, Karina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 05/19/2015 (Publication Date) - Skyhorse (Publisher)
Bestseller No. 8
AMZQNART 2Pcs EVA Foam 2mm, Cosplay Foam Roll 16 x 59in White, Suitable for Large Foam Cosplay Modeling, DIY Projects, Crafts, Ultra High Density 90 kg/m3.
  • 1.White EVA foam 2Roll 16x 59 inches 2mm Thick and is made of EVA material specifically designed for cosplay projects. It provides ample size for large designs without the need for joining pieces. Any leftover board can also be used for future projects.
  • 2. Our foam board offers excellent durability and shape retention. It maintains its shape well, allowing for smoother sanding and more precise cutting and shaping. This provides an ideal condition for creating high-quality cosplay projects.
  • 3. Design and create your own Halloween, EVA foam cosplay, and theatrical costumes; foam sheets can be customized using decorations, chalk, crayons, paint, and permanent markers.
  • 4. This product is easy to cut, flexible, and durable, making it suitable for creating any number of cosplay projects. Use it to make armor and accessories to fulfill all your cosplay ideas.
  • 5. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us, and we will do our best to assist you!
Bestseller No. 9
ProsourceFit High Density Foam Rollers 18 - inches long, Firm Full Body Athletic Massage Tool for Back Stretching, Yoga, Pilates, Post Workout Muscle Recuperation, Black
  • VERSATILE MASSAGE TOOL: Ideal for pre and post-workout by massaging and releasing tension from muscles including back, legs, neck, calves, IT band, hamstrings, lats, and glutes for overall better mobility
  • FIRM MASSAGE – High-density foam structure provides a deeper massage than standard foam rollers, and is extra firm to support all body types without losing shape after regular use. Effective for all fitness levels from beginners to advanced. Maximum weight capacity is 300 lb
  • BODY AWARENESS – This versatile fitness tool offers instability for Pilates core exercises, spine stabilization, balancing exercises and body-awareness
  • LOW-MAINTENANCE - Made from high-density expanded polypropylene (EPP) that is easily recycled and is water-resistant for hygiene and easy maintenance.
  • VARIETY OF SIZES AND COLORS – Choose from 4 sizes: full-length 36 by 6 inches for full back coverage, 24 by 6 inches for more compact, 18 by 6 inches for smaller muscle groups, and 12 by 6 inches that’s ideal for travel and space-saving. Comes in solid and speckled designs: black, purple, blue, pink, red, orange and green.
Bestseller No. 10
Yes4All High Density Foam Roller for Back, Variety of Sizes & Colors for Yoga, Pilates – Blue - 18 inch
  • GREATER BENEFITS: Our foam roller for back with various sizes and colors enhances muscle recovery, massage, physical therapy, exercise, deep tissue work and improves flexibility, bodybuilding, running, weight training, and yoga. Use it during physical therapy sessions to rehabilitate and strengthen your body.
  • THICKER FOR BETTER RESULT: High density EPP adds extra firmness to our body roller, making it suitable for professional trainers
  • MULTIPLE SIZES: Our yoga roller is available in four sizes 36x6 inches for full back, 24x6 inches for more versatile and easier control, 18x6 inches for smaller muscle groups, and 12x6 inches for one specific area and saving space
  • COMPACT DIMENSION: Measuring 18x6 inches, our EPP exercise roller is lightweight and easy to carry anywhere
  • PRACTICAL AND VERSATILE: Our durable foam roller for legs is designed to hold up to 300 pounds and withstand even the toughest sessions with ease, taking your workout to the next level

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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.