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Oct 28, 2022

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In this episode of the RunRX podcast, Coach Caroline and Valerie answer questions about self-care and the use of a roller to recover from an injury.


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Rolling For Your Injuries

[01:03] Getting the roller out and using is a challenge for many people. If you have an injury, you need to be very careful. The goal is to be pain-free, but a roller might not feel great. Work with quality, not quantity, and spend five to ten minutes with mindfulness.


Normalizing Self-care

[3:56] You must begin to normalize self-care, and it must become a part of your daily routine. If you're going to stand up and walk out of a room, why not take a second to stand in the doorway, and stretch? Put your arms on the door frame, open your shoulders and chest, and spend at least three to five minutes stretching, three times a day. This will help you build some consistency.


Working With Injuries

[05:30] You must break your fascia and scar tissue after an injury. If you have a knot in your shoulder, this is the protective tissue trying to heal the inflamed area. That is why the rollers are so effective. If you don't have a roller, try self-massaging. Do whatever it takes to work on that area and achieve a full range of motion for blood to flow and heal the area.


Good Pain Vs. Bad Pain

[06:51] You can generally feel how much pressure you can apply on yourself. That’s important because if you find an area that’s bruised, you know to massage around the area and get good blood flow around the area. But of course, if it hurts to touch, stop it, no there's no glory in hurting yourself. If it hurts too badly, you may want to seek help. We’re not medical professionals and we can’t diagnose you.


[9:20] Coach Valerie experienced breaking her feet. Learning from her experience, massaging your body or doing some footwork when your body is in pain is a way of connecting with your own body.


Don’t Be Afraid to Take Care of Your Injuries

[10:54]  Coach Valerie and Caroline want you not to be afraid that you'll hurt yourself more. Take the time, do three minutes, and then when you get home, do the 20 minutes. You can also keep a foot roller under your chair. You don't even have to take your socks off. 


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