On a daily basis, I have to work hard to keep my hip flexors in good shape. I struggle with knots and aches and pains. I’ve tried a couple of foam roller products; I spend a lot of time working on a tennis ball.
Last night I stopped at a sporting goods store looking for a product that would hold my cell phone when I’m riding on a motorcycle. They didn’t have anything worked. On the way out of the store, I saw a 2-foot foam roller that jumped at me and said, “try me try me!” I hadn’t tried anything like this.
The store allowed you to try out the products, if you were willing to get down on the floor. I took a chance. I rolled on the on the foam roller gently, and my hips loved it. They loved it almost enough for me to think about spending $64 on the product, but I really need two of them, one for Moncure and one for Goldsboro, and that was $130, and that was a bit much.
The do-it-yourself part of my brain was also screaming at me, saying, “honey, it’s a 4″ piece of PVC. Are you really going to pay $64 for a 2 foot section of 4″ PVC?” I already have lots of PVC at home. PVC happens in my life. I don’t need to spend $64 for a piece of PVC.
Last night, I tested the piece of PVC I use as a teeter board, as a foam roller. It worked, well enough, but PVC itself is pretty slippy, and I had to work hard to keep it in place rather than sliding off of it. None the less, it worked.
This morning, I thought I’d try something else. I got a scrap non-skid matting used under area rugs, and a length of upholstery cording. Yes, both of these items are just hanging around my home. This is what happens when you work in textiles. You have lots of raw materials.
As it happened, the rubber bands that go on kale are strong enough and flexible enough to hold a piece of rug backing around a 4″ piece of PVC. On top of that, I spiraled a length of upholstery cording and tucked it underneath the rubber bands. I tested it. In theory, it works.
In reality, the cording as wrapped in the picture with five turns is not enough to make much of a difference in my hip musculature. I will test at least a denser wrapping. I have enough cording to wrap ten or fifteen turns at least. I suspect, however, that what I really need is a firmer rope, that this cording is actually too soft to do much of the work that the texture on other foam rollers is intended to do.
I was thinking I would use a glue gun or RTV adhesive to hold everything together, but I may simply use more rubber bands. In my life, kale rubber bands happen.