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Hot Tub Jets as a Substitute for Foam Rolling


#1

I don't have a foam roller on hand at the moment, and though I know they can be easily acquired I was wondering whether it would be possible to accomplish the same tissue quality enhancement/adhesion breakdown etc. by applying pressure from a hot tub's jets- and if not, how great the difference in effectiveness would be between the two methods.

Many thanks,

The Canadian


#2

All the supposed of foam rolling benefits that you mentioned are speculation at best, at least for now. Any comparison of the two "methods" is going to be purely hypothetical.

I don't foam roll, nor do I own a hot tub. If I did own a hot tub, I would use it all the time... not for "tissue enhancement/adhesion breakdown," but just because a hot tub feels great.


#3

Foam rolling is poor mans massage imo.

On another note, have you ever heard of Chuck Palahniuk, he has an interesting story for you regarding jets.
http://chuckpalahniuk.net/features/shorts/guts


#4

no


#5

I foam roll religiously. I don't know how I lived without one for so long.

While the jets feel good, and probably help to loosen up a bit, there's no way that you'll get the pressure you would from a roller. One of the best things for me is that it can crack my upper back, which is almost impossible without a good amount of direct pressure/weight.

One of the things that I sub in when I don't have a roller is a ball - a lacrosse ball, a tennis ball, whatever - roll it against a wall into all of your knots in your back and your hips.


#6

Mr. Palahniuk again proves his talents as a writer...in a very, very disturbing way.


#7

No. Unless you have some Tim Taylor supercharged small block powered one.


#8

Just be careful with that. Hot tub breakdowns are a terrible thing.


#9

Aw damnit! I saw this thread in the list of forums listed as "Hot Tub Jets as a Substitute for...", clicked on it fully expecting/hoping for the "..." to be "a Vibrator." Then I realized I wasn't in SAMA anymore.


#10

Thanks for all the replies, guys!
Guess the hot tub will be restored to "recreational use only," and I'll have to pick up a foam roller after all.