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CHOOSING THE BEST MASSAGE TOOLS FOR YOUR PAIN RELIEF & MUSCLE RECOVERY

Self massage tools promote great results in physical therapy, trigger point work, deep tissue treatments and more.

MASSAGE ROLLERS

Versatile rollers are ideal self massage tools for myofascial release of the back, shoulders, neck and beyond.

Using foam rollers should feel healthy and satisfying — not clunky and awkward. That’s why we designed our massage therapy tools with extra care to fit the intricacies of your body. These powerful self massage tools unlock the many benefits of self myofascial release, providing release and relief for the back and larger muscle groups.

  • Massage rollers are generally used for self massage of the back, neck, calves and large muscle groups like the thighs.
  • The surface grooves on these tools encourage fascia and muscle hydration, which supports ease of movement.
  • The middle cavity provides space for the spine, shin and other bones so you can treat hard-to-reach spots while rolling in comfort.
  • Rollers are primarily used for “flushing,” an easy-to-learn technique that increases muscle and fascia temperature, removes toxins and enhances lymph movement.

MASSAGE STICKS

For trigger point massage, deep tissue work or physical therapy needs, fascia massage sticks are safe, effective and easy to use.

Lightweight, convenient massage sticks fit right into your self-care routine. Whether you’re looking to prepare for a workout, reduce soreness or recover from physical activity (or desk work!), these versatile tools have lots to offer — and take up very little space.

  • Massage sticks allow quick and easy self myofascial release anywhere on the body, including the legs, neck, forearms and more.
  • Strong steel rods allow deep tissue massage without creating upper-body tension.
  • Use before exercise to aid in warmup, or after to enhance recovery. 
  • Like rollers, rods are especially useful for “flushing,” an easy-to-learn technique supporting toxin release and lymph movement.

MASSAGE BALLS

relieve pain in the back, neck, shoulders, head — even the face and hands! — using versatile self massage Rounds in A range of sizes and densities.

Our large assortment of massage roundswas created to provide targeted release to every area of the body. It’s easy to experiment and discover exactly what works best for you!

  • Small, firm Micro Roundsare the favorite for massaging and releasing tension in the thumbs, hands and face.
  • Offering a softer surface, larger Recovery Rounds are especially helpful for gentle massage to promote exercise recovery.
  • Use the soft Centre round in places that are sensitive and require the lightest touch, and try the Atom for large muscle groups or as a pelvic floor massage tool.
  • The innovative Neuro Ballis designed specifically to treat the feet, sparking the body with energy and enhancing balance. 

BENEFITS OF SELF MASSAGE TOOLS

Hand held massage tools enable powerful self-care through home massage for the back, neck, shoulders and more.

Like any other self-care habit, self massage works best when it fits into your everyday routines. Using the best self massage tools can help keep your wellness on track, providing both immediate relief and long-term health benefits. Self massage tools easily store at home or at the office, or even in your suitcase while traveling. Confidently take your health into your own hands!

Get more from your workouts by incorporating self massage as part of your everyday routine. Self massage tools can benefit every part of the body: 

  • Head
  • Face
  • Eyes
  • Neck
  • Arm
  • Hand
  • Thumb
  • Shoulders
  • Upper Back
  • Lower Back
  • Pelvic
  • Calf
  • Thigh
  • Foot

CHoosing the best massage tools for muscle recovery and tension

With the right deep tissue massage tools, anyone can establish a self massage routine that fosters recovery, relieves tension and reduces injury risk.

Injuries are more likely to occur when we carry tension or feel extremely sore, because these conditions tend to throw off our balance and disrupt the body’s alignment. Choosing the right self massage tool is an important first step in addressing these concerns to get your body back to full comfort and healthy mobility.

  • Starting at a computer screen all day can create tension around the eyes and head. Micro Rounds provide plenty of options for soothing, restorative self massage. 
  • For neck tension or stiffness, the Roller, Helix and Rod self massage tools can be especially beneficial.
  • All RAD Roller tools allow versatile usage to meet your body’s specific needs. Experiment and see what works best.

CHOOSING THE BEST MASSAGE TOOLS FOR PAIN RELIEF

Self massage tools allow both targeted muscle massage and fascia massage to reduce pain in the back, neck, shoulders, head and beyond.

All of our self massage tools can be helpful in the treatment of pain, and there’s no one-size-fits all recommendation. When treating pain, it’s best to begin with a gentle touch and softer tools, then increase to heavier pressure using denser tools if you choose.

  • Select a massage tool that fits the shape and space of the affected body area.
  • Rounds are often most helpful for smaller spaces around the head, neck and shoulders.
  • For pain around the hips, consider softer Recovery Rounds or the Helix for a lighter touch, then advance to the Roller or Rounds for a step up in density. 
  • The Atom is particularly helpful for deep tissue release. 

HOW TO USE SELF MASSAGE TOOLS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AT HOME

What are some good self massage techniques?

The best self massage technique depends on your health and wellness goals.

Preparing for and recovering from physical activity

Whether you’re working out, doing yard work, or simply working at your desk, we recommend the “flushing” technique for all-around body care. Lightly make tool contact with an area of the body and move the tool back and forth over the skin. In “flushing,” the goal is to warm up the tissues and increase circulation to allow the body to move more easily during activity, or recover faster, by flushing away inflammatory molecules, lymph and toxins.

Enhance mobility

For body stiffness and mobility limitations, we recommend using the “compress, shear, and lengthen” technique. Make tool contact with the sensitive area and take a few deep breaths to relax. Then use the tool to help move the skin to either side while slowly lengthening and shortening the joint closest to the affected muscles. (For example, if working on stiff quads, you would slowly bend and extend the knee while using a self massage tool in the quad muscle area.) Take deep breaths throughout this exercise. If it’s painful to apply the tool directly to the stiff or “stuck” area of the body, start by gently treating the adjacent areas.

Pain or discomfort

If you’re in pain, it’s important to visit a clinical professional for advice. Once you’re certain there’s no acute injury or tissue damage in play, consider the “pin and hold” technique. Using a very light touch with a tool, scan the affected area and find several spots to apply mild pressure above, below or beside the central pain point; this release should not be painful. Settle in and relax while you take at least 10 deep belly breaths while pressing gently.

MASSAGER TOOL KITS

Choosing the best self massage tools is critical for effective muscle massage and myofascial release.

Every body is different — and it’s natural for muscle massage and myofascial release needs to vary based on an individual’s physiology, activity and overall lifestyle. We’ve bundled many of our most popular tools based on different self care intentions and needs, so you can easily assemble the collection that’s most beneficial to you.

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