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Do You Have Lower Back Problems?

Having been around sports all my life the one ailment I've always had was a bad back especially the lumbar region as I grew older. It was amplified by the many hours of working on the computer.

My coach showed me various stretches of the glutes which helped, but never really got rid of the nagging back problem.

Sleeping mattress is another issue.

Bad posture.

Standing long hours.

Work related.

Sports.

After spending a small fortune on massage therapy, various contraptions I invested in a $20 foam roller yesterday and my back is thanking me. Who would have thought...a little foam roller would do the trick. The tension is approximately 75% gone after rolling around for about an hour working the kinks on the glutes, thighs, upper/mid thoracic and lower lumbar spine regions.

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If the foam roller helps then why not go all the way and get a foam mattress?

My parents recently bought one and they reckon they sleep much better on it.

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I'm 6 foot 4, 12st in weight (aka. a beanpole) and sit in front of CCTV monitors 10hrs a day. My back feels wretched, I never even looked up foam rollers, I'll definitely give it a try though.

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If the foam roller helps then why not go all the way and get a foam mattress?

My parents recently bought one and they reckon they sleep much better on it.
Lolz...you now how much those cost. It'll put a big dent on my wallet. But I did look into it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I'm 6 foot 4, 12st in weight (aka. a beanpole) and sit in front of CCTV monitors 10hrs a day. My back feels wretched, I never even looked up foam rollers, I'll definitely give it a try though.

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Yah first you should get an Obus foam for the lumbar region for your seat unless it's a super ergonomical chair. It'll
help with some support, but won't alleviate the problem.

I've bought the most expensive office executive chairs at Staples and they're all garbage. Then I decided to look up a specialty store and was blown away on the pricing of the chairs; $1k+. I was told that these are the same ones air traffic controllers use. I might actually get one down the line. In fact I'd suggest you ask your office to invest in some. More comfort is conducive to higher productivity.

This little roller will relieve at least 50% of the tension if not more. In reality it's the gluteal muscles that tighten up and strains the lower back.

1.) stretching out the gluteal muscles
2.) rolling over the gluteal muscles, hips on the foam for at least 30 minutes to an hour while watching TV.
3.) Then roll over your back; lower, mid, upper portion.
A bunch of instructional Youtube videos on this.

You will feel the difference! Felt like this $20 investment saved me hundreds if not thousands.

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I have two rollers. One is for deep tissue, I love that one after working out or rolling with my grappling dummy. I'm older now and also have been very active my entire life so my back feels it. I love my rollers

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