Before you roll: Precautions and
Contra-indications

As a Physiotherapist, before a new client begins exercising with me they are required to fill in a form outlining their health history. I have included this link to the PAR-Q (the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) if you are unsure about your physical fitness.

Similarly, If you are at all unsure about using a foam roller for exercising, you should first consult with your GP or a trusted health professional such as a physiotherapist.

There are a number of precautions and contra-indications you should be aware of before you start to roll. Contra-indications:

A contra-indication means that you should not use a foam roller without consulting with your GP. This is particularly relevant if you have any of the following issues:

  • severe scoliosis
  • severe kyphosis
  • vertigo or dizziness 
  • recent fractures
  • certain types of cancer*
  • osteoporosis**