Rollers and implements used for soft tissue work have become very popular in the last decade. They are effective, easy to use, and many people find that it feels good to some degree. I recommend self massage work to all of my clients because everyone has problematic muscles that cannot be fixed by stretching alone. This is often called self-myofascial release, which simply means using an object (or body part) on yourself to loosen muscles or connective tissue like fascia.
We all know what computer posture looks like and we end up in this position at least a few hours a day. Many people will spend the majority their day in it. It’s not just at the office where this posture is seen. With the widespread use of phones and tablets, people now find themselves hunched over all day leading to what people are now calling “Tech Neck”.
While it is extremely important to practice good posture while using a computer and have a proper ergonomic set up, it is also important to strengthen the muscles that HOLD us in a tall, upright position.
Often people seeking help with their shoulder or neck pain will be given these exercises by their physical therapist or trainer.