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What are the curves in the foam roller for?
The curves are designed to create a more comfortable and versatile self massage/foam rolling experience. Ordinary foam rollers don’t usually have anything that will protect your spine and peripheral nerves in the sensitive areas of your body, but the Rehab Roller will allow you to comfortably roll your muscles without pinching the sensitive structures of the body, by taking advantage of the rollers curves. For example, with the main curve in the foam roller, you can foam roll the muscles around your spine called the paraspinals. These muscles commonly get tight and achy and could use some TLC. The curve is designed to work like a double lacrosse ball, or peanut roller, which is a fitness product that is used mostly for massaging and rolling the spinal muscles. People commonly foam roll their neck, upper back, or low back, but with the spine in the way this can sometimes be uncomfortable. The curves in the roller allow you to comfortably get around the spine and gently inhibit, nourish, and release the muscle tension in your paraspinals. Additionally, you can use the curves to avoid other bony structures like those in the forearms and shins, the shoulder blade, and hips. By avoiding these prominent bony landmarks, you can get into your muscles a little deeper and target muscle knots that cause trouble.
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What areas of my body can I use the Rehab Roller?
The Rehab Roller’s Patented Design targets all areas of your body. In fact, one of the key design features is the slanted wall of the foam roller. Not only does this slanted wall act as a ramp for you to stretch your wrists, forearms, fingers, calves, feet, plantar fascia, and toes, but it also acts as a therapists hand. If you are receiving professional care from a physiotherapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist and they are performing some myofascial release techniques on areas that are tough to foam roll like the neck, inner hips, groin, or chest, you can use the pointed edge of the foam roller to mimic where your therapist is pushing with their fingers. This way, you can get an extra dose of treatment when you’re not at the chiropractor, physiotherapist, or massage appointment. We will also have interactive videos to select the problem area that troubles you and watch a full demonstration of how to work on that area
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Are there video demonstrations of how to use the Rehab Roller?
Yes. You can follow our Instagram page, Facebook page, or YouTube account: IG @RehabRoller FB @RehabRoller YouTube @RehabRoller
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Is the RehabRoller meant for exercise or medical purposes?
The RehabRoller is meant for and sought after by the fitness industry, the medical industry, and the entire rehabilitation field. It is used by various health professionals include, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, kinesiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, yoga and pilates instructors, and more. It can be used as part of a treatment plan for rehabilitation, or it can be used for wellness care. It can also be used for fitness exercises. It is simply the most versatile fitness product on the market today.
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I’ve tried foam rolling and was uncomfortable, is the Rehab Roller right for me?
The Rehab Roller may be just what you’ve been looking for. It is the most versatile fitness product on the market so it can be used as much more than a foam roller, making it right for you, but it has some design features that allow you to tailor the amount of pressure you use, to your liking. You will also be able to use this roller in a way that will help build your tolerance to foam rolling in general, making it easier and more enjoyable as your muscles become less painful and more resilient. The Rehab Roller is made with a high quality durable EVA foam material that is medium density, so it should be hard enough to penetrate tight muscles, but soft enough to allow the user to still be comfortable. Also, unlike ordinary foam rollers that usually just have a flat surface, or even worse for you, spikes and serrated edges that emphasize pressure points, the rehab roller has the best of both worlds. It has a larger foam surface with small curves for added contour to the massage experience, and a smaller foam surface with a larger, textured curve. This way, if you prefer lighter pressures you can use the larger foam surface, and if you prefer harder pressures you can use the textured edges of the larger curve to get more pressure into even the tightest of muscles.
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Is there any advice for how hard to foam roll?
A piece of advice to follow is to monitor your pain levels. Muscle knots hurt when they are compressed because they are very close to nerves that may be over stimulated from tightness, or sensitive due to lack of oxygen and nourishment. You may be hesistant to roll on these areas for fear of doing yourself harm or making your pain worse, but you have to realize that any healing substance can be a cure or a poison. If you take too much advil, you run the risk of health complications, if you take just enough, then you may achieve the benefit of taking the advil. Similarily, the Rehab Roller can be used in moderation to open up blood vessels supplying a muscle knot, or disrupt the neurological feedback loop that maintains the muscle knots. If you press too hard you may actually be decreasing the blood flow, or you may be increasing the nervous system response to the muscle knot. The good thing is that you usually can’t go too far with this, because the self-administered pain is self-limiting so that you can’t actually hurt yourself long term; making it safe. Your body is an incredible biomechanical machine and it has defense mechanisms that wont let you inflict more pain than you can handle. What you want to do is hunt for the “hurts so good” feeling, where the pain also comes with a relieving pleasure. 3-7/10 is also a good pain scale range that you should follow, not going above a 7 but also not going below a 3. This way you can ensure that you’re comfortable, and not going to be aggravating the situation. Additionally, it helps you adapt your pressure as your tolerance increases. Also, don’t be afraid to come back to the painful areas another day. Over time, things will get easier and easier as they become fitter and healthier, so you may just have to be patient. Follow our instagram for more do’s and don’ts! @RehabRoller
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Can I use the RehabRoller if I do not have good core strength, or strength in general?
Yes, you can use this tool if you do or don’t have core strength. Using the Rehab Roller is a great way to build core strength, but you can use it by laying down on the floor and letting gravity do the work. Or you can use a wall, or use a chair, or even have someone else use it on you and apply the massage using their pressure. Standing on the Rehab Roller will begin to stretch your calves, which may unlock some of your posterior chain strength, so starting with what you can do and then progressing as you improve is a great idea!
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Is this a high quality product? Will I have to replace it often?
This foam roller is one of the strongest pieces of fitness equipment you will ever own, but the answer is that it depends on how much you use it. We fully expect it to be usable for many years, but eventually you might have to replace it. We have manufactured this product with the highest quality EVA foam, you will feel the quality when you touch it. It is cured with a heat treatment that makes it quite impenetrable, ensuring that it will not waste away or erode very quickly. It is also made of anti-bacterial material so that when you use it after a workout, you don’t have to worry about it becoming moldy or smelly. It also has a solid foam core to keep the integrity of its shape. With that being said, you may choose to replace it or get a new one if: Your friends steal it from you because it’s so awesome and they want their own Your kids steal it from you because it’s so awesome and they want their own You want another one for the office or cottage. You want to give one away as a gift for Christmas
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How do I take care of my Rehab Roller?
• There’s no need to break it in, you can just use it as soon as you get it. • If you use your Rehab Roller with oils or body lotions, be sure to wash your roller after each use. Because Rehab Roller is made with 100% EPP foam and treated and sealed, your roller is water resistant and can be fully submerged in water. • Do not put Rehab Roller in dishwashers, wash machines, or dryers. • After each use, you may choose to wipe down your Rehab Roller with a cloth or an anti-bacterial wipe. • Do not use harsh chemical cleaners. Although unlikely, this may cause damage to the foam. • Be sure to store your Rehab Roller in a safe area. If it is smashed during storage time, the foam will retain memory and damage your roller. Such damage is not covered by Rehab Roller’s warranty. • Our warranty does not cover damage caused by improper storage or from pets and rodents.
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How big is the Rehab Roller?
The Rehab Roller is a foam roller and multipurpose home therapy system, all in an 18 inch length and 6 inch diameter. It contains about 10 inches of space for pure foam rolling, which is more than most people will need. It also has about 8 inches of space on the ramp to accommodate large feet and hands for calf and wrist stretching. The finger holes on the roller are designed to fit 95-97% of people’s fingers, as they are designed to suit average sizes using Da Vinci measurement proportions. If your fingers are slightly larger, you will stretch the foam as you put your fingers in, and if your fingers are slightly smaller, you will be able to put them in deeper and leverage them against the walls of the hole, so one size will fit most. Some foam rollers are used sideways to massage the paraspinals, but with the grooves and contours of the Rehab Roller’s paraspinal divot, there is no need to place the Rehab Roller longitudinally, but you can do that as well, if you’d like.
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How much is the Rehab Roller?
The Rehab Roller comes at standard price of $69.97. Is it worth it? No, it’s more than worth it. It’s a bargain. It’s a good deal, its affordable, and it’s reasonable. This product contains 5 products in one, making it affordable to have all of the fitness and rehab tools you need to take care of your body. This is one of the reasons I made it. I want patients to have a tool they can use for any exercise their therapist prescribes. Let me give you a story about a patient of mine. I was working with a patient and over the course of one year, on and off for different conditions, I realized that year she had every fitness product in our clinic, as well as a few others. So I looked in the physiotherapy magazines and brochures I got from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association to see how much money she had dished out for fitness products. She had purchased a calf stretcher, a peanut roller/acu ball back roller, and foam roller. The plastic slant board that she purchased was $80.99 (these typically will range anywhere from $60-$120 retail) The EVA foam roller she purchased was $59.99 (there is a lot of variety when it comes to foam rollers, but these also range from $19-$190) The Peanut roller, she purchased from our clinic for $19.99 (These range from $15-$59) Now, I’m no math major, I’m just a physiotherapist, but when you add that all up, she paid around $160.97 before tax and shipping, for 3 products. They were good, useful products, but they are all included in our foam roller. Our Rehab Roller actually has 5 products in one. All of these products are incorporated in it, as well as a wrist/finger/hand stretcher (which doesn’t even exist on the market, to my knowledge, but lets say another $20-$30 value at least) and an edge that can be used as a acupressure ball, or active releaser that will mimic your therapists hand (~$20 value). The Rehab Roller includes at least approximately $160.97 of value, all for $49.97. So, in conclusion; I think it’s a good deal, I think it’s affordable, and reasonable. Additionally, when you get one you become part of the Rehab Roller team on a quest to have a better functioning pain free and more functional, comfortable body. You get the added value of having videos, Instagram stories/posts/ info pages, reminders and instructions of how to use the roller, and more. So Instead of buying a single set of various fitness products that you’ll probably never use, or lose in the corners of your dwelling for $160, buy three Rehab Rollers and give them as gifts to your friends and family, they’ll thank you, and you’ll have spent the same amount of money. Slightly less, actually.
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Are there different colors and are there differences between colours?
There are no differences between the different colours, but colours are available if in stock.
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Where did foam rolling originate from?
Foam rolling is a relatively new treatment. It originated in the late 1980’s, when foam rollers were used for body supports and standing balance work. Broadway dancers were among the first to explore the benefits of foam rolling as a tool for self massage. Foam rolling became more widely used in fascia therapy by 2009, where a foam roller is the key tool used. By 2009, foam rollers were not only found in the clinic setting, but also grew popular in the home as several major retailers began carrying such products.
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What is the difference between Range of Motion and Flexibility?
Flexibility refers to the ability of a muscle and other soft tissues to lengthen. Range of Motion refers to the degree of movement occurring at a specific joint or collection of joints.
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How does Rehab Roller help Range of motion and flexibility?
Using the Rehab Roller increases range of motion by toning down neurological activity upholding tightness in a muscle, or group of muscles, causing a pain-relieving effect that allows the body to use a muscle properly. The Rehab Roller increases flexibility by promoting the break up unhealthy fascial adhesions and by releasing deep knots in the muscle tissues. It also helps to warm tissues up, making them more extensible. Together, this myofascial self massage therapy allows the body to move freely, which in turn, allows you to do the things you want to do with greater easy and less risk of injury.
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Should I roll before or after exercise?
The best answer is that you should use it before exercise to help warm up and increase your mobility, and after to reduce soreness and increase blood flow to the muscles that were just exercised. You may need to consult with a movement expert on how to use it in the best way for both pre and post-workout. If you are using the Rehab Roller as a warm-up tool: Shorter duration and quick moving rolling is best. You should focus on rolling for around 15 seconds of foam rolling per muscle group, but certainly less than 30-seconds per muscle group. This will simply get the blood flowing to the muscles that are about to be used, which has tremendous benefit to using the muscles without them cramping up. It is not recommended to aggressively use a Rehab Roller prior to exercise because this can tone down or shut off the muscle momentarily and cause excess strain on another area. The science shows that if your muscle is beat up or too loose, you may experience a decrease in strength, or even cramping. The Rehab Roller is used as a muscle recovery tool as well post workout, and it is ideally suited for after exercise and heavy activity. According to a recent PubMed Study, “foam rolling, as a recovery tool, substantially reduces muscle soreness caused by activity.” and additional PubMed Study went on to prove that “foam rolling substantially increases range of motion without a decrease of muscle activation or force.” It is a great tool for decreasing immediate muscle soreness, as well as delayed onset muscle soreness, the type of soreness that lasts for days after your workout. PubMed.gov References: • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25415413 • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26618062
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Why should I use a Rehab Roller?
If you married a chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, or any other manual therapist that could provide relaxing treatment to your problem areas, would you use their services as often as possible? Without a doubt. That’s like asking if you would like to receive a pay bonus every day. The Rehab Roller is your own personal spouse. If I could marry mine, I would think about it considering my relationship history. Not even my massage therapist girlfriend was willing to help me release the tension in my back from working every day. The Rehab Roller is always there for you. Whether your muscles need some stimulus to decrease soreness and increase range of motion and flexibility at 4pm, or need some help to deliver oxygen, hydration, and nutrients to your muscles at 4am, the Rehab Roller is there when you need it.
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Can I roll too much? How long should I roll?
Yes. I believe that everything that can be a cure, can be a poison as well. If you take 1 antibiotic it may make you may feel better, if you take 200 antibiotics you may have some complications. Luckily, the administration of this cure is self- limiting, so you probably wont be able to push hard enough to actually hurt yourself, it’s much easier to eat 200 pills than it is to grind your muscles into oblivion. Think of it like your tooth-brush, if you brush too hard or too often you may have some bleeding or soreness. If you roll too hard you may have some bruising or pain. Over time, you will learn to treat yourself in a way that is super helpful, not harmful. With that being said, your goal should be to start easy and work into a routine that will help you meet your goals. We always recommend hydrating and eating well after a foam rolling session, so that your muscles get the nourishment they need while they’re nice and loose and willing to accept it. If it hurts to roll initially, don’t give up. Come back to it the next day until you build your tolerance in just a few minutes per day. If you have areas that you are worried about rolling, please consult with a professional, or send us an email at RehabRoller@gmail.com. We cant reply to everybody, but we usually try to reply to 3 lucky people per day. If an injury is swollen or bruised, avoid rolling that area aggressively or even at all. Some injuries will benefit greatly from foam rolling techniques, but you should check with your physical therapist in regards to your specific injury first. Disclaimer: Before doing anything for the first time, consult with your physician or a medical professional.
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