As a personal trainer, keeping my clients pain-free is very, very, very important.
In addition to muscular pain brought on by sitting in front of a computer, talking on the phone, watching tv, etc… weight-training clients are prone to muscular tension as part of the natural workout recovery pathways.
Because of this, I am constantly trying out new methods of preventing stiff and sore muscles
- Therapy Rollers
- Electronic Muscle Stimulators
- Manual & Electrical Massagers
- Mineral Bath Soaks
- And all sorts of different physical therapists
2. and the TPRPal….
… from MyoTools.
Incredibly simple… and incredibly smart.
For example, when I am trying to loosen up sore muscles in my back, I position the two closed cell foam balls of the Myo Roller so that they are on either side of my spine…focusing all the force onto the paraspinal muscles themselves. Foam rollers can’t do this. Lacrosse balls can’t do this. Back knobbers can’t do this.
And when I want to roll out my tight IT bands, I push the two balls together to provide a wider rolling surface. Instant foam roller.
It’s also brilliant for loosening up the sub-occiptital neck muscles that are responsible for a majority of tension headaches.
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!
Regarding the TPR Pal, I use it to…
- work into all the little nooks and crannies in my upper back as well as…
- using it to break up myofascial knots in my upper pecs
- I also use it on the soles of my feet to prevent plantar fasciitis
But my favorite use for the TPR Pal is when my wife uses it to give me a massage. Holding the foam side in her hand, she can use the wooden knob to press deep into the muscle tissue without putting any force on her fingers/thumbs. A quick 5 minute massage turns into an awesome 30 minute knot-busting massage session
And when you consider that the Roller costs $20 and 4 TPR Pals (diff size knobs) cost $15, it really is a no-brainer.
Note – As a small-business person, I love the fact that all of these tools are made by hand by the owner of the company…just as soon as you place your order.
He also has a bunch of other cool therapy tools and I am going to place an order for Myo-Vise Body Clamp soon.