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When Should I Not Use a Foam Roller?

Hi all
Just wondering, under what conditions should I NOT use a foam roller on my body? I know it will help tight muscles, but what aches and pains? Any guidelines on when NOT to use it?

Ash

If you have broken bones; don’t roll on the broken bones.

lol, DUH!

it’s pretty great to use it all the time.

the only warning i would give would be to not keep your ass on the ground and try to put your shoulders on the ground over it…that might hurt your lower back.

oh; and if your on fire…b/c foam is flammable.

[quote]goldwave84 wrote:
Hi all
Just wondering, under what conditions should I NOT use a foam roller on my body? I know it will help tight muscles, but what aches and pains? Any guidelines on when NOT to use it?

Ash[/quote]

Don’t do extended work on the hip - front or side. That area is so littered with veins that your almost certain to hurt yourself.

A minimal approach to the flexors is key.

[quote]B rocK wrote:

oh; and if your on fire…b/c foam is flammable.[/quote]

QFT

Rolling on veins are bad? DO explain? I am recovering from the flu and my knees hurt bad. I am wondering if rolling will help or worsen the situation?

I had a really funny picture of Jesus giving you the finger here, but I guess the mods thought it was a little to inflammatory.

Anyway, screw you.