How many times have you seen someone in the gym foam roll their lower back or joints? Many times probably, but it’s not beneficial at all. In fact, foam rolling your lower back can be quite dangerous and painful if you hurt yourself, and chances for this are high.
A foam roller is a great way to improve mobility, but you should stop in the middle of the back. In the upper part of the back, there are ribs and shoulders to support all the weight, but when you get lower, there’s no support, only the lumbar spine.
When it comes to upper back, we rarely have a chance to extend it well, so dropping the weight over the foam roller can be quite beneficial. If you don’ know the reason for your lower back discomfort, let alone back pain, foam rolling this is can be devastating. If your back is just tight or stiff, try other ways to find relief such as stretching or yoga.
Foam rolling can be beneficial for your lower back if you roll your buttocks, hip flexors, and sides of your thighs.