Foam rollers are great tools for both massage and fitness. They come in many shapes, sizes and varying textures. When used for self-massage, they help soothe tight, sore areas (known as “trigger points”) and speed up muscle recovery. This process of rolling out tight muscles and relieving tension is also called myofascial release. (http://www.foam-roller.com)
When it comes to treating back pain, foam rollers can do wonders as part of your physical therapy treatment.
The following videos, by Mary Kate Cullen, DPT, provide basic techniques to help relieve pain and help loosen tight muscles for the back and spine areas: