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qg28
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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a foam roller and it works well for me, so I thought it could help my girlfriend's fibromyalgia. But I have read conflicting info. Should she use one or should she stay away? Why?
 
Thank you for any info.

pattipanda
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   Posted 2/10/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm... I don't know, but I'd be interested in finding out, since I used to be a hairdresser :-)

BTW... welcome to the forum, it's nice of you to help your friend w/ fibro!!


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Statgeek
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   Posted 2/10/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
What is a foam roller?

Sherrine
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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Statgeek, you ARE young!  LOL  We used to roll our hair in rollers and some were rollers with little brushes in them which killed your head and then they came out with rollers made of foam.  They felt good but your curls were squished in the area  you laid your head on.  Then they came out with plastic rollers, the size of a Pepsi can, that was a hard plastic and your wet hair would "stick" to.  They called them magnetic rollers.  This was before blow drying your hair became popular.
 
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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh dear...do I ever feel old, Sherrine! And some gals would iron their hair and use actual soda cans for rollers. Long, straight hair was IN and of course it had to be blond.

OK, I'm getting off topic sorta...

Hi qg and welcome!! Sounds like you are trying to help a friend. Do you have fibro also or are you looking to help her with her pain? Either way you are welcome to be here. Anyone who is willing to help a fibro friend is helping beat this terrible disorder. Please invite your friend to join us!

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   Posted 2/10/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chutz, I remember the first curling irons, too!  LOL  Seems like yesterday.....
 
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   Posted 2/10/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello qg,

Welcome to the HealingWell fibromyalgia forum. We are always happy to get new members. You will find there is a lot of information here on the forum. Everybody is very kind and compassionate too. I hope that you learn a lot so you can understand what your friend is going through.

Best wishes,

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anxietyridden
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   Posted 2/10/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there. Actually, a foam roller (in addition to being something used to curl you hair!) is a piece of "equipment" (for lack of a better word) that many athletes use to roll over their stiff/sore muscles for relief. It's basically a form of self massage. It's hard to explain what it looks like and I don't know how to post a link, so if you google "foam roller" you should come up with some results. The best way I can describe it is looking like a solid pool noodle. The only reason I know about these things is that I was/am a runner and also coach a running team. The foam roller can be used to relieve sore/tight muscles, and I believe it has been indicated for use in myofascial pain syndrome, so I would think it would be beneficial for fibro. The one thing I'd be cautious about (from experience) is using it on/around the tender points. Those are especially sensitive to pain and using the foam roller can caused bruise-like pain there.

I use something similar to a foam roller, it's called "The Stick." It also might be worth looking into.
http://www.thestick.com/ <---- You'd have to copy and paste that, I don't know how to post a link!

vestabula
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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Sherrine and Chutz...think qq is talking about a piece of massage equipment.  Gee, why would anyone have to stay away from foam hair rollers? devil  

Sherrine...did you have to rub two sticks together to start a fire so that you could heat up your curling iron?  I know I did....then I cooked my mastadon meat over the flame that was left over.  Sometimes, if I looked particularly fetching, the hubby would grab me by my fabulous hair do and drag me into the cave. Ah, the good ol' days!

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Dagger
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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it would be personal preference. I use a 2 foot long piece of a large diameter pool noodle. I put it on the floor and lay on it to stretch out my muscles. I use it under my hips, under my shoulders, and vertically down my back. I don't get too fancy. It really makes my back and shoulders feel better. I like pressure and find that it helps. A good deep massage gives me hours of pain relief.

I would guess someone that can't tolerate pressure wouldn't like it. If she has any neck or back conditions, she should talk to her doc first. If she took it easy, starting very slowly, I don't see why it would be a problem. You could always let your friend try your roller to see if she likes it.

I opened this thread to see if you meant foam rollers as in hair curlers or pool noodles. This was pretty funny.

Statgeek
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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Ha ha, I actually had heard of foam rollers you put in your hair and was wondering if there was something else or how these hair rollers could help fibro! I suppose if you don't want to fix your hair in the morning you can sleep on them.

I have tried lying on a pool noodle, but it hurt my back too much and now use small pillows to create a wider base and the same effect. I couldn't roll anything on my arms or legs - at least right now - I am too sore.

Sue

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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
OK... confusion comes naturally for me...I really thought we were talking about hair rollers since I never heard of any other kind of foam roller.. LOL!!!  I'm really old or really losing it shocked
Patti
 
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Madd Hatter
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   Posted 2/11/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a foam roller but it actually makes the pain worse for me. I'm 17 so maybe it would be more beneficial to you older people.

Don't feel bad, I actually would've thought of the foam rollers you curl your hair with if I had never heard of this specific one. :-)
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Marlee2
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
ROFLMBO!!!! qg, you have to over look some of the older ones on here the fog has really gotten to them. devil I would like to welcome you to our forum. I have tried the tennis ball in a long tube sock up against a wall but I have not tried the foam roller or pool noodle. My shoulders, shoulder blades and neck are a big source of pain for me. Actually, everything feels so tight in those areas this morning I could use a good gentle massage of any kind. Sometimes just my DH taking his finger tips and going in circles on my shoulder blades with a little bit of pressure is enough to make me feel so good.
 
I hope your friend will join us also.
 
Hi Madd Hatter and welcome to our family also. We do have other teens on the forum so I'm sure they will be of help to you.
 
Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains a great deal of info that is helpful.
 
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
ok, so i get now (finally) that we are talking about exercise/theraputic foam rollers and not hair foam rollers, but now i can't stop imaginging people rolling around on those little foam hair rollers! i am just laughing and laughing and my family is looking at me like i'm nuts. i don't know why i thought of this or why it seems so funny to me..maybe because i'm in a major flare right now and laughing to keep from crying!
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL, oh man, I thought qg28 was talking about a mattress cover. Like a foam roller that you can hide away somewhere?  HAHAHAHAHA...
 
What is the likelyhood that qg28 will look elsewhere for any adivce????
 
gq28, if you're reading these, please don't think we've all lost our minds, or don't care about your question.  We do care!  And now we know what you were talking about!
 
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
HA HA HA HA HA!
(I'm laughing at MYSELF) - I was thinking, "hair curlers? what the hell has that got to do with fibro?"
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At the risk of derailing this thread any further, I'm only 50 yrs. old but my mother used to curl my hair by putting this ancient curling ROD into the wood stove to heat up. Then you curled the hair around it - kind of twisted it - and held on to the end piece. When the rod got too cool, back it went into the fire!
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
This one had me rolling (not my hair)!!!! I had the foam roller used on me at a massage and it worsened my pain. You have to be so very careful with them.

Patsie

Sherrine
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
blush  The tears are streaming down my cheeks....from laughter!  I never heard of the other type of foam roller and obviously Chutzie hasn't either!  blush
 
Common on, Chutzie old gal.  Let's go take some Geritol and go for a s-l-o-w walk.  ~Sherrine and Chutzie shuffling out of the forum~
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 2/11/2009 10:58:07 AM (GMT-7)


pattipanda
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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Well at least I know I'm not the only one... Welcome the forum qg and Maddhatter. And LOL, Danielle, I had the same mental picture!!!
Hugs to all!!
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG, K9 my mother had those too. She had one that was like double that put waves in your hair. I can still smell the burning hair they caused sometimes. turn Hush Sherrine I'm sure you remember them too. devil Yes, that was when I was a child and before my boyfriend had to crank the car to get it started.
 
Qg I'm sorry, we are not always this crazy and we do take questions seriously. You just have to be more specific sometimes when writing to a bunch of fibromites.
 
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it's so funny to read these stories of the lengths that women have gone to in the past to curl their hair. Way back when the "in" thing was a curling iron, a comb, and about an entire gallon of of Aqua Net hairspray. Had to have that "BIG hair" teased look in the 80's you know. (Mine never turned out right, though) Now today, apparently the "in" thing is hair as straight as a board. Every morning my daughter's in her room for like a half an hour with the flat iron, making the whole house stink like burned hair because oh my goodness, can't have even a lick of wave in the hair or you are just soooo uncool. lol

Sorry to digress there for a minute, but I think it's interesting how styles change and what we females will do to look "right", you know?

Qg-I too apologize for the digression. We really do care and want to help in any way we can! (Really!!!) We're just prone to the fibro-giggles around here sometimes. I don't know anything really about these foam rollers you're talking about, though, so I am sorry I can't be of much help there.
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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
hmmm ...
I haven't read this entire thread... just wondering... are the foam rollers
pink?
Pamela tee hee smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Im not that old and was wondering about why someone was asking about foam rollers. My daughter has extremely curly hair and she spends an hour each day with the flat iron... Also as far as the foam roller for massage I have never heard of it.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I rebel!! I have beautiful curly hair and embrace it! Whenever I let my daughter straighten my hair (because I cannot figure out how to do it), I look like a drowned puppy. I went all through elementary school and jr. high hating my curly hair because straight hair was the thing and all the popular girls had straight hair. No more! Now, if I could learn to accept my butt, too! Oops, off topic!
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