These are massage tools I recommend over massage or in between massage sessions.  I have used everyone of these things and find them effective in a pinch but they are in no means a replacement for the real deal.  Let’s dive in.

The High Density Foam Roller

Every household should have one of these.  These are standard pieces of equipment that you can do a lot with.  You can stretch with them.  You can do exercises with them.  They are excellent for back, shoulder and neck work.  You may have seen these in gyms and physical therapy offices.  They don’t take up much space.  And they require very little effort to use.  Not to mention are as cheap as can be.  It is highly unlikely that the average person with have to purchase more than one of these things in a lifetime.  You want a super firm one, that’s why I recommend the high density foam over all others.

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

I like this foam roller because the inside is made from a hard plastic.  That hard plastic gives you even more resistance when stretching over this roller.  The width of the roller is also wider than the foam roller mentioned above so you can get a much deeper stretch.  I recommend this foam roller for the more experienced foam rollers.  If you’re a cross-fitter type then you’re probably pretty familiar with these rollers.  You like pain.  These bring pain.  Therefore they perfect for you.  

The Orb

This is my personal favorite foam roller.  I have one of these at home, in my gym bag and in my office.  I prefer this round form factor because it can move in all directions and it is easy to carry around with me.  It requires a bit more control than the standard foam roller.  It is great for back, shoulder, neck, gluet and minimum foot work.

The Wobble Board

These are great for engaging your joint stabilizers, working on balance and posture, or even building a stronger core.  So if you’re prone to tweaking your knee, shoulder, ankle, have tight calves or weak wrists or even have suffered from plantar fasciitis these little boards can help you.  Just hop on and see how.  You will immediately feel your body’s stabilizers kicking in.  They are great for stretching and working out.  Highly recommend these boards.

Sonic Handheld Percussion Massage Gun

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be replaced by a handheld massage gun but these are great practical options to have on hand.  They target trigger points and can breakdown or warm-up areas of your body.  They are extremely portable and durable.  You can throw it in your gym bag and it’ll be ready for you to use at work.  The battery life is decent.  It comes with a snazzy case and several attachments.  Depending on which attachment you use will decide the intensity you can take.  Some attachments are softer than others.  The harder sharper they are the more intense the treatment will be.  Lastly, I’d recommend having someone (not little kids because they usually don’t have the grip strength or bodyweight to control the device) do this for you.  You’ll get better results than trying to do this yourself.

These are my recommendations for alleviating knots and staying loose in between massage and workout sessions.  These are what I recommend to my clients and use myself.  I have used many tools but these are the ones I found to be the most effective for keeping my body loose and knot free.  

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