Hip/back pain 2

Structural Release Rollers

Perhaps the major, negative factor contributing to hip problems is tension in the leg muscles. Think about it; if the leg muscles: quadriceps, illio-tibial band (I.T. band), adductors, and hamstrings are shortened, and all of ours are, then the hip (and knee) joint they cross will be compressed and distorted. Those muscles never shorten symmetrically and so the joints are always compressed asymmetrically; and this is where the degenerative wear and tear comes in.

Identify any problem in the skeleton and there will be areas that need to be addressed, above and below that problem area. There are no isolated problem areas because the musculo-skeletal system is like a spider web. Pull or tug on or mess with any area of the web and there will be negative repercussions throughout it. Many things need to be untangled and addressed to remedy one, seemingly isolated symptomatic area. This is another reason why treating a symptom as "the problem" doesn't work

By releasing those muscles from each other and the bone, and by lengthening and organizing them, the knee and the hip joints (*along with the low back) are allowed to decompress and reorganize. It's not rocket science, but rather simply logical, mechanical dynamics. Treating a structural problem, with drugs or unnecessary surgery is expensive, dangerous, and ultimately counter-productive, since drugs (poison) will only depress and strain your immune system and surgery (mutilation) will, in almost all cases, simply add insult to injury and make your situation worse. Use your common sense, before drugs or surgery, please exhaust all other less aggressive, intrusive, and harmful methods.

The simplest, most effective all-around self-maintenance tools you'll find for releasing tension in all the major chronic pain problem areas of your body. They will release and organize your musculature and release and align your skeleton.

Areas addressed:
Spine, Ribcage, Shoulder Girdle, Neck, Your Whole Back, Pelvis, Sacrum, Hips, Thighs, Calves, Feet.

Using my understanding of body mechanics and myofascial release work, I have discovered ways to perform the most amazing structural release / massage bodywork on yourself using these Rollers. They are the perfect compliment to the Flextasy Flexibility System of movement, in that they speed up the process of loosening the body. Once you begin using these Rollers you will wonder how you ever got along without them.

They are easy to understand and to use. The accompanying instruction booklet (which I wrote) contains a wealth of information concerning body mechanics, and why most back treatments fail to have lasting results. The concepts, images, and exercises included will enlighten and empower you. Understanding your own body is more important than knowing a professional who may be able to temporarily "fix" you; self-maintenance is the key to health and fitness.

You will not find a simpler, more effective method for releasing the old accumulated tension, and the chronic everyday tension, from your body.

You can think of these Rollers as an insurance policy against injury. Muscle pulls, strains, tears, and even the breaking of bones can be avoided by attaining flexibility and skeletal alignment. Working with the Rollers gives you both of these. You'll feel their effectiveness from the very first time you use them. You do not have to keep getting stiffer and more decrepit as you grow older. You can turn back your Structural Aging Clock by working with these incredible tools.

For less than the price of a single massage, you will have in your possession something you can use everyday, at your leisure, which will enable you to understand and break your own pain cycle. It's like having your own physical therapist, chiropractor, and masseuse in your home, at your beck and call.

I've been using these Rollers for over 14 years and I attribute a huge part of my current level of fitness to them. I never travel without one and they are something I use everyday for at least a few minutes; while other days I schedule 20 to 30 minutes with them to keep myself on track.

I guarantee you that using these Rollers will change your life and be one of the best things that ever happened to you! Don't delay, get these; you won't regret it!

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What You Use It For
This useful tool can be utilized to work on the gluteals, the deep rotator muscles in the hip area, the sacrum and low back, along the spine, the whole back area, the upper legs. *To great effect you can use, out of the sock, tennis balls to work on your feet in conjunction with Evolution Health Fix Your Feet Balls (or firm rubber Hand Balls from a sporting goods store).

For the Sacrum, Low Back, Hips
Sit on the floor and place the tool behind you. Your knees are bent, your feet are flat on the floor, your hands are on the floor behind you supporting you as you lean back. Lift your pelvis off the floor and sit on the tool. Keeping your knees bent you are now supported by your feet and hands on the floor and wherever you have the tool.

Begin slowly moving around using the tool to access your low back, your sacral area (the triangular bone at the base of your spine, the back part of your pelvis), both sides of your hips. You are looking for pain. When you find it, slow down or stop, Breathe!, and try to relax over and onto the balls.

After you've worked the back of the pelvis, roll to one side, with the tool in your hip area. Work into any pain you can find there, where the femur (thigh bone) attaches to the pelvis. Most likely you'll find plenty to work with here.

The tool is used like a pain eraser as you continue your work with it, eventually, over time, getting all the pain out of all these areas.

For the Upper Legs
While on your side, slowly begin moving so that you are rolling the tool down the side of your leg, again, looking for pain. Work any areas on the leg you can access with the tool; front, sides, back. Be creative and intuitive.
Pain you find with this tool is unhappy tissue which is disorganized, stuck together, compressed and dense.

For the Spine and Back Area
Lie face up on the floor with the tool somewhere under your back. Slowly explore along your spine, your upper back around your scapulas (shoulder blades), or anywhere else.

*The key to the use of this tool is when you find a painful, sore area, be gentle with yourself, slow down (or stop), and Breathe! It's the use of the breath, with full relaxing exhales, feeling a wave of relaxation and softening travel through the whole body, that the pain you are finding can actually be dissolved and released. Used properly, as described above, this tool is not causing pain, it is uncovering pain that is already there and needs to be addressed.