I’ve been dealing with back pain since my teens and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue in 1996. I never found an exercise product that I could use in my home that actually relieved pain without causing more in another area ( example – trying to do self accu-pressure or massage made my hands, arms, elbows & neck hurt) until my daughter, who has recently become a personal trainer, told me about the “foam roller”. She couldn’t believe that my Dr.’s or physical therapists had not told me about them! I bought one from www.NEFitCo.com because they offered a white one that is 10% softer than the “average” which I thought would be more comfortable to use. It has been a GREAT investment (only $17.99 plus shipping) and I always feel better after using it rather than causing a “flare up”. Now, how much you can do at one time on the foam roller will depend on your level of muscle atrophy and the intensity of your fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. My advice as a fellow sufferer — not a physician or trainer, is GO SLOW! Do a little bit at a time — I do about 5 minutes every other day right now and the results have been amazing! Realize that your degree of FMS/CFS may change from day to day and you may have to adjust your exercise “routine” to fit that particular day. There’s a lot of info on www.youtube.com about foam roller products and exercises. I found 3 videos below that I like — I recommend starting out with 2 or 3 minutes on the foam roller on your most painful area and see how your feeling the next day. Listen to your body to decide how much exercise is right for you and gradually increase your exercise time — unless you have a “flare up”, then start over again — it’s OK!
See what adding a foam roller to your “tool chest” of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue wellness products can do for you!
Here’s to Feeling Better!
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