|Examples of typical foam rollers|
The first diagram the shows two sets of valves or gates within a section of vein. One can see that the muscle tissue is relaxed in the first image and so there is minimal change to the structure of the vein. Provided that the valves within the vein are intact and the muscles remain relaxed, blood will stay held between the two sets of valves.
|Diagram of Vein Section with closed Valves|
|Diagram of vein section with open valve|
- Avoid applying too much pressure.
- Avoid massaging muscles which are under load.
- Massage towards the heart.
- Avoid massaging the symptom (tight ITB) and address the cause.
- Avoid overworking tissues.
- Avoid using a foam roller to treat inflamed tissues, or tissues in spasm (see TPT article).
- Avoid using a foam roller if you meet any of the contraindications for Massage, Sports Massage or Remedial Massage.
- If in doubt seek advice from a suitably qualified therapist or primary care practitioner.
The Corporate Wellness, Musculoskeletal and Chiropractic Specialists