Introduction to the Foam Roller

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9 Responses to “Introduction to the Foam Roller”

  1. The “Foam Roller “looks quite comfortable in your video .But what does it do to you that just lying flat on a thick rubber mat or atop a stability ball doesn’t do ?

    • Hi Raymond,
      A thick rubber mat is a decent replacement but it won’t have the rolling properties the foam roller has and won’t be a great choice with some of the other exercises we will be doing on it. But, like I said, it’s a decent replacement for some of the simple postural exercises. As for the stability ball, it’s also a decent replacement for certain exercises. The foam roller is much more firm and it also allows your body to relax to a much more significant level. Lastly, for those golfers with balance deficits the roller is much safer than a stability ball when lying on their back.
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  2. Thanks ,Jeremy ,for the tip :alas ,OPTP dosn’t ship to EUROPE (I live in FRANCE ,on the FRENCH RIVIERA ).
    I’ll probably find a substitute locally .

  3. I’ve got “your”Foamroller ,as demonstrated :it has been a r

  4. January 7, 2016


    Hi Jeremy. I periodically suffer from sciatica caused by stenosis. Do you see any problem using a foam roller if you such a problem? Normally, exercises which bend the trunk forward are recommended for compressed disks.

    Thanks, Ron

    • Hi Ron,
      The roller should be fine. Do not continue if symptoms increase but textbook stenosis should react very well to the flattening effect of the lumbar spine that occurs in the exercises shown. Stenosis symptoms typically improve with a posterior pelvic tilt (flattening of low back on the roller or floor) as described at 4:35 into the video. Typically want to stay away from increasing the arch in your back with stenosis.
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

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