Sports massage is an athlete dedicated type of therapy that is usually employed in a few situations: athletic pre-event preparations, post-event pain relieving, during recovery or as a means of body maintenance. But you don’t need to be a professional athlete or wait until you suffer gym injuries to benefit from a good sports massage session in the comfort of your home. Sore muscles, painful muscles, cramps, plantar fasciitis, painful post-running soles, tension headaches – these are all post-workout problems that occur after gym sessions. Today we will present you with three effective sports massage tools you can use in the comfort of your home to soothe and relieve pain and soreness in your body.
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1. The Muscle Roller Stick
A professional muscle roller stick becomes your best friend and ally if you are into sports, training or health improvements. You can use it before exercising, to warm up and prevent injuries, as a general maintenance tool which increases blood circulation in your body, or as a post-training tool. Such sticks can help you relieve tightness in your body and eliminate trigger points, reduce soreness and pain after your workout, and achieve myofascial release. They also go great if you suffer from sciatica, shin splints, plantar fasciitis or tennis elbow.
2. The Spiky Massage Ball
This is the foot therapist du jour for all those suffering from plantar fasciitis. However, many use them as a general massage tool especially on the back area – that always-painful region between shoulder blades and between / around ribs. The main advantage of these balls is that they offer a deep massage to sore or painful areas and are extremely portable. If you are a jogger, runner or you get ready for the marathon, such ball will improve the quality of your life. As a general body management tool, this one is perfect to all those in need of a deep foot massage – get your high heeled shoes off while at your desk and ease your feet pain in minutes!
3. The Trigger Point Therapy Block
More localized than the previous two sports massage tools, trigger point therapy blocks are usually used to relieve tension headaches and muscle soreness. Of course, before you self-diagnose with tension / stress headaches, you should see your doctor first. This type of blocks are powerful tools for trigger point therapy, deeply massaging your sub-occipital areas and your painful neck back. Its benefits also spread to your traps and shoulder regions – improving thus neck mobility and muscle health. However, this versatile tool can also be used to work on your glutes, IT band, calves and even the mid-back region.
Do you use any of these sports massage tools at home? Do you find them effective?