Individuals may experience tight muscles or muscle spasms on occasion whether it was the result of an injury or insidious onset. Those individuals may seek the guidance of a medical professional to help decrease pain and improve overall function. However, patients may need a solution for self-management when they are not receiving care. There are various recommended products to help address impairments and functional limitations.
CanDo® Massage Roll
Handheld massage rolls are used to help achieve muscle and tension release for all parts of the body. The “bumpy” textured surface also promotes sensory stimulation and is perfect for manual dexterity exercises. This item comes in a pair.
CanDo® Massage Ball
Handheld massage balls are used to help achieve muscle and tension release for all parts of the body. The “bumpy” textured surface also promotes sensory stimulation and is perfect for manual dexterity exercises.
CanDo® Impact Massager
Make an impact in your massage therapy with the CanDo® Impact Massager. These distinctive handheld massagers are designed to bring relief to your sore and overworked muscles. By simply tapping the head of the massager against your body, you can relieve tension and stress. This is because they provide an invigorating percussive massage called “tapotement” which eases muscle tension, and even improves blood circulation and energy flow. Most people store tension in their neck and shoulders, and that’s where these massagers are most effective. They also feel great all over the body, just like a refreshing shiatsu-like massage. Use it on yourself or on others. The flexible metal rod does most of the work, minimizing practitioner hand fatigue and allowing for longer sessions. Simple and easy to use, it is a lot like banging on a drum. Simply grip the contoured handle and maneuver your hand gently, allowing the head of the Impact Massager to bounce against the skin. The CanDo® Impact Massagers are the perfect pair of tools for an amazing massage therapy experience. Get yours today, so you can combat muscle tension at home or on the go.
If you don’t have one of these products, there are plenty of other options to achieve the same goal. You can use a lacrosse ball or similar object. The Mobilization Lacrosse Ball is the most simple and effective mobility tool on the market today. This hard rubber, lacrosse ball is used for deep soft tissue mobilization by targeting the most battle-hardened trigger points and areas of irritation. Lightweight and portable, you can use it for difficult areas of upper back or deep into your Piriformis and buttocks. When used regularly, this lacrosse ball designed to help reduce pain and Achilles problems for enhanced comfort. Decreasing the chances of injury by enhancing your movement efficiency and increasing your flexibility. Allowing for optimal muscle release and relaxation following sports and intensive activity.
If you want to control the lacrosse ball in a specific spot, you can put the lacrosse ball in a sock and drape it over your shoulder, until you are in the desired location. You can certainly try other similar objects if you don’t own a lacrosse ball.
There are many ways to help with addressing muscle pain and spasms. But ensure that you find the right method for you. Be sure to consult with your healthcare professional before starting any new exercise or program.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT