Update on Fibromyalgia and Exercise

by Michael Greenhouse |   Date Released : 23 Nov 2008
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Michael Greenhouse

About the author: Michael Greenhouse

Michael Greenhouse, NSCA, CSCS, is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Exercise Physiology, and a focus on Kinesiology and Biomechanics. In 2005, the Chicago Cubs drafted Michael as a professional pitcher. Currently, Michael studies Physiology in Columbus, Ohio, where he has founded Pure Life Fitness. He has spent the last 8 years in the fitness industry working with amateur and professional athletics on rehab and program design, and over the last few years he has been developing and performing movement patterns to increase functional movement. Before moving back to Ohio he spent time as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the Division 1 college level and the professional baseball level. He was also part of the St. Mary’s Hospital outpatient clinical team, specializing in rehab and corrective exercise for pre and post-surgery patients.

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Greenhouse, Michael | 15 Jan 2013, 01:40 AM

Sara,
Great question; when you are foam-rolling you always what to roll towards the blood flow of the heart. The reason for this is because you are performing a myofascial release which will break up tight tissue which will / can cause the body to send blood to the location you are rehabbing to repair the area. For this reason you want to push the blood towards the heart to avoid blood pooling, which can occur if when foam-rolling you apply pressure to a muscle and push the tissue and blood down away from the natural flow towards the heart. This practice should be done on the entire body not just the calves. If you have more questions feel free to response back; I hope this article helped. In good health, Michael Greenhouse, Pure Life Fitness

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myers, sara | 05 Jan 2013, 14:44 PM

Hi, Micheal! I noticed you mentioned in your article that you should roll toward the heart and not away while foam rolling the calves. Is that just w/ the calves or every muscle you foam roll, and also, I was just wondering why?

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