Well, I finally broke down and purchased my very own foam roller. I had decided this would be the week when I saw them on sale in the Target ad. Still $17 for a glorfied piece of foam, but better than $25 (though I may wish I had splurged on the longer one). It came with a little 15 min DVD with a few exercises demonstrated by a Gumby-like Indian yogi-looking guy. I also proceeded to check out a few other exercises on Youtube and try some out that were supposed to "cure shin splints in 1-2 days".
But here is the thing...OUCH! First, I had no idea how tight I was in so many places. I thought it was just a few spots on my legs, but turns out I need to be stretched on a machine like one of those medieval racks. I watched some TV and rolled and rolled. I had tears come to my eyes more than once and had to lay off. Then I'd hit it again. Will I be glad that I did this? Or will I suffer more?
So tell me - is your foam roller a friend or foe? Either way, which moves do you the most good?