April 14, 2015 2 min read

A good massage leaves you feeling relaxed and de-stressed. A great massage also leaves your body stronger, working better and ready for your next training session. You can get the same feeling at home, multiple times a day.

Athletes, coaches, trainers and chiropractors have touted the benefits of self-myofascial release, or what is commonly known as foam rolling, for its affordability and ability to help people of all fitness levels. Some devices take the recovery beyond what a traditional foam roller can do.

The Rhino Roller is a harder device to work deep into the muscle to gently open discs in the back, allow fluid to flow freely, and alleviate pain.

Whether your back, legs, side, or all three need loosening, the Rhino Roller can help you feel better. In fact, it was designed by a man injured in a car accident. The Rhino Roller helped him avoid surgery and get back to participating in the sports he loved.

Another innovative option is the Tiger Tail, a long, thin cushioned roller that allows for targeted pressure while being compact enough to travel. It relieves aches, cramping, stiffness and knots.

Both tools can be used multiple times a day for a few minutes each time for injury rehab, to soothe muscles after a workout, or preventative maintenance.

To use, apply pressure to tight spots – or knots – on your body to help muscles recover and return to normal function. Knots are just contracted muscle fibers that can cause a whole lot of pain, muscle fatigue, and reduced range of motion. Once you start massaging them, the muscles release.

You’ll know you’re doing it right, if it’s a bit uncomfortable, but not painful, and you feel better after. Think “good hurt.” Roll over each muscle group, avoiding bones.

After a few sessions, knots should get smaller or disappear. The goal is to feel as though no pain was ever there slowing you down. It’s always a good idea to seek the guidance of a doctor before beginning massage treatment.

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