Mobility Tools We Often Recommend

Foam rollers, tennis balls, lacrosse balls, and trigger point hooks can all be great mobility tools we often recommend in conjunction with your structural corrective care. Sometimes, they go together like peanut butter and jelly!

As a structurally focused chiropractor, we’re focused on the orientation of the spine & how it impacts the body. It’s easy to understand this relationship when you consider the structure of the spine is directly related to the health and well-being of the muscles attached to the spine and the nerves that control these muscles.

Any time the position of your spine is fixed in an abnormal position it can create stress, myofascial restrictions, muscle imbalances, over recruitment, and/or inflammation. In most cases, the spine is the primary condition that create these muscular problems. However, there are often situations, particularly in athletes, where muscle imbalances are so great that they need to be treated concurrently with the spinal abnormalities. This is one of the reasons we enjoy partnering with local physical therapists and massage therapists for those that need the extra help!

Those with less advanced abnormalities may take advantage of mobility tools pictured above. The best way to use them is before it’s “too late”.  At some point, the pain and symptoms from significant myofascial restrictions and trigger points can be so bad that it may not be practical to use them on yourself.

Trigger points are basically small bundles of muscle that fail to relax. They can cause severe pain and often referral pain that can be easily overlooked or misdiagnosed as many doctors and even chiropractors are not experienced with or looking for abnormal muscle or myofascial problems. All the more reason using mobility tools on a regular basis can be helpful for you. Prevent a simple problem from becoming a relatively difficult and complex one. The sooner you start the better.

Using the tools are relatively easy but can be rather unpleasant. Working through the discomfort is necessary to a certain degree, which is why we usually recommend starting with short sessions at a low to moderate intensity and work up from there. It’s possible you may hurt yourself.

Aside from the pain factor, which improves with use and often has a “hurts so good” effect, mobility tools are often a great complement to improve benefits of their structurally focused chiropractic care. Simplified, its effects are similar to stretching. Foam rolling does seem to go above and beyond just improved range of motion without causing the subsequent decrease in muscle activation or force often seen in static stretching. However, foam rolling and static stretching have shown to have an added benefit when performed together.  

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions and consult your provider before using mobility tools at home to treat a specific condition. Instruction on the proper use of these tools is something we provide to our current patients to lessen the chances of aggravation or injury.