“And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter.”
– Judges 15:8
Within our front closet lurks a hateful device: The Foam Roll. The purpose of this thing is to use pressure to stretch and loosen tight muscles, which is all very nice in theory, but when one has an extremely short iliotibial band in one’s right leg that has caused all manner of physiological problems, the Foam Roll becomes an instrument of Dante-esque torture.
To such a person, the Foam Roll combines some of the most horrid ways human beings have come up with to kill one another throughout our creatively violent history.
How does the last one apply, you ask? Because every time I’ve used the blasted thing I’ve been swamped by waves of nausea and/or actual vomiting. Admittedly it’s a creative stretch, just go with it.
J. can use this device without so much as a wince whereas there are days that even a light tough on my right leg (to say nothing of putting all of my body weight onto it) hurts like the bleeding devil. Nevertheless whenever I get a pain flare up or overextend myself exercising, J. will smugly point at the Foam Roll and declare it my only chance at salvation.
He did this the night before last when I limped into the flat after work. My mature response was a feral snarl and an attempt at a quick escape, which looked more or less like a Quasimodo lurch at a snail’s pace towards our office.
“It’ll be good for you,” he insisting, picking up the hated thing and following.
“Don’t come after me! It’s not fair, you can out-run me,” I gasped, thumping faster.
“I can out-walk you,” he retorted and thrust the roll at me. “Use it.”
So I did. And since he found me five minutes later, clutching the toilet with mascara running down my face, I’m choosing to hate him for it.
Any less immediately painful solutions, ducklings?