In between massage sessions, here a few tools you can use:
Here is a partial list of body tools – (self help devices that allow you to do body work (massage, acupressure) without the need of assistance).
TheraCane – An acupressure tool that loosens tight, painful muscular areas. You use leverage and slight downward pull to create the desired pressure wherever you want. This device is especially designed for the back of the neck, mid-back (between shoulder blades), upper back, sides of neck and shoulders. It can even be used all over the body as a stretching aid.
The Stick – A non motorized massage device used by serious athletes to loosen trigger points (knotted up muscles). The flexible core with the revolving spindles easily molds to various body contours. This tool is great for the legs, especially the calves, and can be used effectively on all major muscle groups.
The Massage Stone – This device was designed with the professional massage therapist in mind. It is supposed to aid the hands, not replace them. The stone may be used over clothing so it can be used often. J When heated, the Massage Stone drives the heat deep into the muscle tissues, relaxing the muscles for deeper massage. When chilled, the stone can help reduce inflammation from a sports injury.
The Trigger Wheel – A 2” nylon wheel on a 4” handle for deep massage. The Trigger Wheel works on trigger points and be used directly on skin or through light clothing. It works the way a tire rolls back and forth on pavement. It is very effective in reaching specific sore spots, such as small areas in the neck, hands, wrists, arms, legs and feet. It’s small enough you can carry it with you and use it throughout the day to keep pain at bay.
The Foot Massage – A 2”x9” roller with raised knobs for foot massage, and rubber rings to protect the floor. A super tool for tired feet. The studded knobs give you pinpoint access to the bottom of the foot. This is used to stimulate nerve endings, reduce discomfort, and improve circulation. If your job is sedentary, use this tool on the job.
Breath Builder – This device was originally designed for musicians to develop breath control; however it is excellent for anyone who desires to develop restorative deep breathing. You blow into a tube and the pressure of your breath keeps a ping pong ball afloat in the cylinder. It forces you to use your diaphragm muscles and to breathe correctly, with the goal of increasing your lung capacity.
The Back Revolution– This device is an inversion device which keeps your pelvis stabilized and decompresses discs and works wonders for store, stiff necks. Health professionals recommend using it for 70 seconds, 2 to 3 times a day. Can help you control persistent back and neck pain.
The Pain Eraser 1 – An exceptional hand-held tool that is firm enough for deep massage yet soft enough for more tender parts of your body, including your face. Access arms, legs, hands, feet, back etc., easily with this high quality massage tool. 1-1/2” wide roller is made of 100% natural rubber with 36” fingers. Great for travel.