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So, funny story. If you are injured in any way, shape, or form, fellow runners will immediately ask if you've tried to foam roll. It doesn't matter if you broke your leg - "Did you try foam rolling?!" is the first, and usually only piece of advice they can give you. Since developing ITBS at the start of October, have I tried foam rolling?
The pink one is my old foam roller. The orange one is a new one that I picked up from Trigger Point. The little ball is a softball from Target. The white thing is a big piece of PVC pipe. I've rolled on all of these things, and I usually find myself lifting myself in the air to put more weight on my quads/glutes/IT band, and all to no avail.
As a BibRave Pro, I got to pick one of the addaday products to try out. I won't lie when I say I squealed when I found this out. I always see these things on the wall at JRC (the local running store), but I never knew how they work. I didn't want to buy one to have it do nothing - after dealing with this injury, I'm very wary of all of these "miracle cures" that just make the pain worse. After checking out the product selection (available here), I went with the pro version. I waited anxiously and was very excited to receive mine!
So how does it work? Each roller has these lightweight balls with grooves, so it's like you're giving yourself a massage. With a flat foam roller (like my pink one), you don't have any change in texture, so you don't receive as deep of a massage. There are different colored balls with different levels of firmness, so if there's a specific area you want to target, feel free! My model also came with the red ball, which is designed for even more pressure in specific points, especially those that are hard to reach.
How did it turn out? I rolled rolled rolled all over my quad, hamstrings, and IT band. When I went to PT last month, my doctor told me I had extremely stiff muscles, and that I should foam roll (shocker) to help relieve the pressure off the IT band. After a few days, I noticed I was really bruised - almost to the same level that I was when I went through my first ASTYM treatment. I probably pushed a little too hard, but it hurt so good!
I love being able to actually target my muscles without laying on a foam roller. Even on the PVC pipe, I find myself lifting my body in the air to try to target the tight spots more. With the addaday, you control the pressure. And trust me - if I haven't broken mine yet, you know it's made from really durable and quality materials. You can use this while you watch TV, lay in bed, or while you're at work like me - these sticks don't travel to work that great, but they also sell smaller models to take on the go.
As for the effect it's had on my ITBS, I'm a little bummed that it hasn't resolved it. At the same time, during my last PT trip, my PT was surprised that my IT band and muscles were so loose. She also discovered where the problem lies - more on that in my next blog post, but it's not something that any amount of foam rolling is going to cure.
If you're looking for a new foam roller, I definitely recommend you give the addaday a try instead. I couldn't be happier with mine, and once I'm able to train again I know it will be a key part of my recovery!
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I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!