A deep tissue massage helps to relieve muscle soreness and joint stress, but it does come with a price tag. This is not to suggest you eliminate massages, but to share with you an inexpensive technique, using a foam roller that will release muscle tightness, to get you through until your next massage appointment. The foam roller not only stretches your muscles and tendons, but also breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue that can limit everyday movement. The now popular foam rollers were originally associated with elite athletes and physical therapists, but have since graduated into gyms, Pilates studios, yoga classes and the home. You will be using your own body weight by lying on the roller and moving back and forth on selected areas you want to target; pressure may be controlled by putting more or less body weight on the rollers. Foam rollers are cylinder-shaped, high-density foam that come in varying lengths, shapes and firmness. The cost ranges from $12 to $40 and they may be found online or at most any sporting-goods store.
If you are 50 or older and have not been exercising, check with your physician before beginning any exercise program. Trainer Sally Anderson is happy to hear from readers but cannot respond to individual queries. She can be reached at [email protected]