• Hi Martha,

      Yes, foam rolling offers tremendous potential to relieve pain and help you move better–if used the right way. If not, you risk irritating, and possibly injuring, your body further. That’s why you should always consult a physical therapist when in doubt. You can also check accredited online classes that teach the proper use of foam rolling.

  1. Alex

    Nice post. But just a little question here. The thing is that, about 2 months ago, I injured my IT band, halfway through training for a marathon. Because of this, I stopped running so as to make it heal. But I can still feel pain when I massage it. Then I bought a foam roller and tried it out a few days ago, but the pain was excruciating. My IT band is now quite sore. I have a doctor’s appointment in the next 3 days but I want to know, do people with IT band injuries feel a lot of pain when they first start using foam rollers?

    • Hi Alex,

      In the beginning the foam roller will hurt. It might help you to put one leg down on the floor to take a little bit of the weight off your thigh as you are rolling. Still leave enough pressure to really work the thigh/band, but until you get more used to it, you can alleviate some pain by resting a foot on the floor. Overtime the foam roller should no longer hurt at all when you use it and should actually feel good. Try the suggestions. I hope they really help you with your IT issues. If you’re still having problems I would seek the assessment of a good physical therapist. Good luck.

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