Five Of The Best Self-Myofascial Release Tools
Self-Myofascial release, commonly referred to as ‘foam rolling’ is a common practice to help relieve tension from the fascia, calming down overworked muscles, and helps with muscle recovery after a workout. There are plenty of tools in the market and each one has its own use. All of these tools are not required and you’ll most likely be fine with just one or two of them depending on your needs. These can be found on Amazon or at your local sporting goods store. So here is my list of 5 of the best tools for self-myofascial release.
1. Foam Roller: The most common and known tool for self-myofascial release. You see these in your local health club or your trainer may carry one too. This tool is multi-purposed as it has uses beyond myofascial release. It can be used to improve mobility in certain areas like the thoracic spine. It is also available in different materials varying from not too hard and foamy, to having a PVC pipe with a thick, bumpy layer to grind out your muscles. I would recommend this as your number one option. Especially for beginners.
2. Lacrosse Ball: The most common tool suggested by massage and physical therapists (at least by my knowledge) since it is much smaller and tougher to target smaller areas. It’s pretty intense the first few times you use it on a needed area, but it gets the job done.
3. Peanut: The peanut can be made my taping two lacrosse balls together, put them in a sock, or you can purchase a pre-made one. These work best in the upper back area in between your shoulder blades or in the areas by your knee.
4. The Orb: The orb works similar to the lacrosse ball, except it is much larger in size. It is made of a thick, bumpy foam that is great to carry in a bag.
5. Thera Cane: This tool is the most unique from the five since it cannot roll, but has handles. This tool is best for hard to reach areas, like your back and neck areas.
Our workouts, jobs, and lifestyle place a toll on our bodies. Using self-myofascial release is an effective and easy way to reduce discomfort in the body. I have gone over exercises and techniques in previous blog posts. So feel free to check those out if you like. Share this with a friend that can use these tips and feel free to ask me any questions, provide feedback, or give suggestions on future topics. Thank you for your time and see you next week!
Marcos Hurtado CPT, CES
Owner of On The Go Fitness