what's the best option for you?
In terms of tools you can use to treat your own pain through massage, not all things are created equal. Having worked in this field a long time, I've been lucky enough to find some of the ones that work best. Here's my top favorites:
The wooden back Roller
Classic design, rebranded and sold by a lot of different companies - a wooden back roller is one the best things you can do for you back. One of the original designs - The MA Roller - has a great "how to" guide. And our friend, colleague, and esteemed practitioner Robert Gardner has some incredible tutorials on using it as well. Highly recommend grabbing this baby if you're struggling with any type of back pain. The one linked in the picture above is especially good because the rubber on the ends helps prevent it from sliding around on you.
The Best Foam Roller
Ok, with literally dozens of options and many more much cheaper, why this one you ask? Well quite frankly it's got the heft that some of the other ones lack. It doesn't give when you put a fair amount of weight on it, but it's solid structure also means that it tends to last longer and not start to fall apart on ya when you're running it through the ringer so to speak. Plus the grooves offer some good trigger point options if you're into that.
The original worm
This thing is incredible! It works wonders, especially when trying to roll around tendons and ligaments in weird areas like the knee. It's also great for the neck, hamstrings, and lower legs. This is the one that works best on the shin if you're struggling with shin splints. Basically if you've ever used a lacrosse ball and loved, this is one on steroids and you'll love it!
Stay healthy, friends!
~The Red Raven
Bret Kyle Rogers, L.Ac.
Texas based acupuncturist, qigong teacher, and herbalist demystifying Chinese medicine. The author frequently links to Amazon.com for specific products. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases and appreciate your business!