2 New Self Myofascial Release Tools to Try

In my recent article on the best self myofascial release tools, I overviewed a variety of tools that people can use based on their goals and needs.

I mentioned a couple of newer self myofascial release tools that I have started using instead of a simple foam roller.  I still like foam rollers, but think that many people could benefit even more by upgrading to these newer tools.

A lot of people have been asking me about these newer tools, so I wanted to film a couple of videos showing you more.

 


Acumobility Eclipse Foam Roller and Mobility Ball

 


Mobilitas Mobility Sphere

 


Try these two new products and I think you’ll be impressed.  And be sure to check out my other recommendations of foam rollers, massage sticks, and other mobility tools.

 

 

 

The Best Self Myofascial Release Tools

Self myofascial release tools, such as foam rollers, trigger point balls, and massage sticks, have become some of the most popular tools used for corrective exercises, fitness, and sports performance.  In fact, performing self myofascial release has become almost a uniform component in the majority of fitness and sports performance programs.

You can certainly argue the exact physiological benefit of performing self myofascial release.  Ironically we are likely not really “releasing” fascia.  

However, it’s hard to argue the benefits of self myofascial release.

Two recent studies in International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy have been published that analyzed the current state of research and conclude that self myofascial release:

  • Increases mobility and joint range of motion
  • Reduces post-workout soreness and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
  • Allows for greater workout performance in future workouts
  • May lead to improved vascular function and parasympathetic nervous system function

“Simply put, self myofascial release has been proven to help you feel and move better.” [click to tweet]

In order to get started, I wanted to share my years of experience with self myofascial release tools.  There are so many foam rollers, trigger point tools, and massage sticks out there these days.  
I’ve tried nearly all of them and these are what I consider the best self myofascial release tools.

Best Self Myofascial Release Tools

Over the years I have tried a ridiculous amount of different self myofascial release tools, some great, some awful, and some just a rip off.  Luckily, new products emerge all the time and continue to improve.

I’ve learned a couple of things that are important:

  • There are different types of self myofascial release tools for different needs, body parts, and intensities.  Building your own “kit” is probably going to be the most effective.  Trying to use just a foam roller on everything is going to not work well.
  • You tend to build up a tolerance to self myofascial release and want to upgrade to more advanced foam rollers, trigger point balls, and massage sticks.  Start with the basics and advance overtime.

Best Foam Rollers

Amazon Basics High-Density Round Foam Rollerself myofascial release - amazon foam roller

The first place to is a basic high density foam roller.  This could be the cheapest and most versatile tool you get.  Amazon has started to make their own version, which is a great price.  You’ll find various sizes.  I’ve never personally gotten much use of the large 36-inch versions and tend to favor the 18-inch version.

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Rollerself myofascial release - grid foam roller

The basic high density foam roller is a great place to start to get used to foam rolling, but quickly gets pretty easy.  You’ll want to upgrade to a more firm foam roller in increase the intensity.  My preferred choice is the GRID foam roller from TriggerPoint.  I’ve been using this foam roller for years with continued success.  It has a rigid hollow core that increases the intensity very well.  This is worth the extra investment as it will likely be your main foam roller for some time.

Mobilitas Mobility Sphere
self myofascial release - mobility sphere foam roller

Somewhere between a foam roller and a trigger point ball, I actually really like using 5” mobility balls.  Because of the round shape, the contact area is smaller so the amount of force to the area is larger.  Plus, you can use into in multiple planes of motion because it is a ball instead of a roller.  This is something I personally use.  You can get into smaller areas, like your chest, but I use this just as much as a standard foam roller.  There are a few but the one I use and recommend is the Mobilitas Mobility Sphere.

Acumobility Eclipse Foam Rollerself myofascial release - acumobility foam roller

I was recently turned onto the Eclipse Foam Roller from Acumobility and have been impressed.  I was intrigued by the design and wanted to try it myself.  I’m not a big fan of foam rollers with ridges, as I just feel they don’t do much and concept is more of a marketing gimmick.  But Acumobility has a made a great advanced foam roller that includes a firm middle section that can encompass a body part really well.  It’s a really unique design and a great tool for advanced foam rolling.

Best Massage Roller Stick

While foam rollers are the primary self myofascial release tool for most needs, there are body parts that simply don’t do as well and need a massage stick tool.  The next tool you should add to your self myofascial release tool kit is a massager stick roller.  There are a few popular massage sticks on the market, and as it is with most things, I actually don’t prefer the two most popular massage sticks.

TheraBand Roller Massager+self myofascial release - theraband massage stick roller

The original massage stick began with plastic pieces and did a fairly well job, but newer tools have used a more grippy surface that I feel is far more effective. A plastic roller is just placing pressure downward on the tissue, where the grip on the TheraBand Roller Massager+ seems to also create a tissue traction with the friction produced.  This is a great product for areas like the forearms and feet, but also areas where you want to apply more pressure than what you can with just body weight, like the quads, hamstrings, and calves.  Plus, this has been the massage roller featured in many of the research reports.

Best Trigger Point Release Tools

In addition to foam rollers and massage sticks.  Trigger point release tools are another must have addition to your self myofascial release tool kit.  Essentially, these just tend to be smaller self myofascial release tools that can get into tighter areas.

Lacrosse Ballself myofascial release - lacrosse ball trigger point tool

Yup, that’s it, just a lacrosse ball.  People have tried to make better versions of trigger point balls, but nothing beats the affordable lacrosse ball.  Great material, density, and durability.  This is a great place to start.  Get a couple so you can use two at once one places like your spine.

Acumobility Mobility Ballself myofascial release - acumobility ball trigger point tool

Acumobility, the maker of the Eclipse Roller above, has another great tool, their Mobility Ball.  This is made from a great dense material, but has a flat bottom that allows you to keep this in one spot on the floor or even against the wall.  This really helps to provide firm pressure while performing movements of the muscle group.  This is a great upgrade from the lacrosse ball.

Trigger Point Wandself myofascial release - trigger point wand

Sometimes an area is hard to reach, such as your neck or back.  That’s where sometimes a trigger point wand comes in handy.  I would definitely consider this a speciality tool, however a very popular choice.

Foot Rubz Massage Ballself myofascial release - foot rubz massage ball

Another speciality tool, but something that I wanted to include as I really love, is the hand and foot massage ball from Foot Rubz.  This is a smaller trigger point ball perfect for the hands and feet.  You can use a lacrosse ball or even the TheraBand Massage Roller above for these areas, but I feel this is slightly better and worth it for many.  (I’m literally using one as I type this haha…)

Create Your Own Self Myofascial Release Tool Kit

All of the above options are great choices.  I would recommend getting one of each of the foam rollers, massage sticks, and trigger point tools.  Together, these cover pretty much all of your self myofascial release needs.

If you are interested, I also have an Inner Circle webinar on how I perform self myofascial release.

 

 

IASTM Technique 2.0 Now Available! Learn Advanced Techniques, Cupping, and Bands

Erson Religioso and I are super excited to announce the release of our brand new IASTM Technique 2.0 program at IASTMtechnique.com.  

IASTM Technique 2.0 is an add-on to our VERY popular program teaching you how you can quickly, easily, and affordably start using instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization in your manual therapy practice.

Since Erson and I released this program a few years ago, we have received amazing feedback. You don’t need to spend thousands on IASTM tools and loose a weekend attending a course.  Our program teaches you all you need in a simple online format.

This is no doubt your best opportunity to learn how to perform instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization AND now cupping too!

 

Advanced IASTM Techniques, Cupping, and More

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And now with the additional content in IASTM Technique 2.0, not only will you be able to perform instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, we also show you some of our advanced techniques to enhance movement patterns, how to use functional cupping, and how to use mobility bands!

  • Advanced IASTM Techniques – Learn our latest techniques designed to use IASTM to enhance movement patterns
  • Functional Cupping – Learn how we use cupping and combine IASTM and cupping together.  This has been a game changer for us!
  • Mobility Bands – Learn how to use mobility bands during manual therapy and self-mobility drills
  • Discounts on Edge Tools and Cupping kits – Anyone that purchases access to IASTM Technique 2.0 also gets a great discount on Edge IASTM tools, cupping kits, and mobility bands!

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Save $20 this week only!

IASTM Technique 2.0 is on sale for $20 off now through Sunday 8/28/16 (midnight EST).  Click the button below to learn more and start learning IASTM and cupping today!  

For people that have already purchased the original IASTM Technique 1.0, you can upgrade to 2.0 for a super low price. Click here to go to the IASTM Technique course page and you’ll find a link to upgrade to 2.0!
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Functional Stability Training: Optimizing Movement

I am super excited to announce that Eric Cressey and I have just released our latest collaboration, Functional Stability Training: Optimizing Movement!  Many are familiar with the Functional Stability Training series of products that Eric and I have released, and we are happy to add the fourth program to this popular series.

We are really proud of this new product and know that you’ll be able to better understand and optimize movement in your patients and clients after viewing this program!

In Functional Stability Training: Optimizing Movement, Eric and I discuss why and how we focus on optimizing movement, then show how we integrate these concepts into our assessments, rehabilitation, and strength training programs.

 

Functional Stability Training: Optimizing Movement

functional stability training optimizing movementFunctional Stability Training: Optimizing Movement is designed to help you enhance your rehabilitation, fitness, and sports performance programing by enhancing movement patterns.  By addressing alignment, strength, mobility, and dynamic motor control, you can maximize your rehabilitation and training programs to reach optimal performance.

The body is an amazing thing.  It adapts extremely well to stress and daily demands to improve efficiency of the body.  In essence, the body is excellent at moving from point A to point B.  Unfortunately, the body often tries to find the path of least resistance.  Imbalances in mobility, strength, and dynamic stability can result in compensatory patterns.

Sometimes “efficient” does not mean “optimal.”

FST Optimizing Movement aims to help formulate rehabilitation and training programs designed to optimize how well the body moves.

Eric and I share our thoughts and strategies on:

  • Why poor movement patterns occurs
  • What we consider optimal movement
  • How poor movement relates to common injuries
  • How to assess movement patterns
  • How to design programs designed to enhance movement
  • How to regress, progress, and coach exercises to optimize movement

 

 

Click below to learn more and start optimizing movement today!

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Learn Exactly How I Evaluate and Treat the Knee

After many years in the making, I am super excited to announce that my online program teaching you exactly how I evaluate and treat the knee is now available!

Many of my readers have taken my online shoulder program and LOVED it. The testimonials speak wonders. I am humbled yet proud of how well received that program has been over the years. When I first started the program, I had no idea what to expect, but I think many people agreed with me at the time that online education was the future.

Not a month has gone by since I started ShoulderSeminar.com that people haven’t asked me “when is the knee version coming out?”

Well, today is the day!

 

Recent Advances in the Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee

reinold macrina online knee seminar

I have teamed up with my co-owner and Director of PT at Champion, Lenny Macrina, to build an online program that teaches you exactly how we evaluate and treat the knee. Together, we’ve put together what we think is an amazing resource for rehabilitation specialists.

The program includes 7 modules of detailed information on anatomy, basic science, healing responses, evaluation, treatment progressions, nonoperative rehabilitation, surgical techniques, and postoperative rehabilitation.

You’ll learn exactly how we approach:

  • Clinical Evaluation of the Knee
  • Treatment Progressions for the Knee
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Patellofemoral
  • Meniscus
  • Articular Cartilage
  • Osteoarthritis

evaluation and treatment of the knee

Best of all, you can learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. No more nodding off in the back of a room and losing an entire weekend. I am a firm believer that you will learn more and be able to apply the information much better when learning in small chunks at your own pace. Finish the program in a few days or several weeks, it’s up to you!

Each module contains a video introducing the material, a detailed presentation on the topic, several journal articles that we hand selected to learn the material, and discussion questions. This is an in depth course that will take your understanding of the knee to the next level.

CEU applications have been submitted to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy for approval with several states. The course is approved for 22.5 hours of CEU credit through the NATA for Athletic Trainers. We provide all the information needed if you need to apply to another board for approval.

 

reinold macrina eval treat knee

 

Start Mastering the Knee Today!

The course is value at $349.99.  That’s less than a typical CEU course and I promise you’ll get way more out of this one!

Visit OnlineKneeSeminar.com or click below to learn more and start the program today!

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Learn the Champion Performance Therapy and Training System

champion pt and performance educationI am super excited to announce that we have just released an online version of our Champion Performance Therapy and Training Seminar!

The seminar was AWESOME, with a great turnout of people from all around the country coming to Boston to learn how we integrate performance training and therapy at Champion.  But, we know that there were 100’s of people that wanted to attend that couldn’t make it that weekend, so we wanted to provide an online version of the program!

 

Champion Performance Therapy and Training Program

Champion Performance Therapy and Training SeminarThe Champion Performance Therapy and Training Seminar is an online educational product designed to overview the Champion system of integrated rehabilitation, fitness, and sports performance training for physical therapists, personal trainers, strength coaches and other rehabilitation and fitness specialists.  The program includes 9 modules and over 6 hours of live lectures and hands-on sessions from the entire team at Champion:

  • Introduction to the Champion System of Integrated Rehab and Performance – Mike Reinold
  • Optimizing Movement – Mike Reinold
  • Developing Strength and Power – Rob Sutton
  • Enhancing Speed and Agility – Malcolm Goodridge
  • Performance Therapy: Movement-Based Functional Rehabilitation – Lenny Macrina
  • Assessing and Optimizing Movement (Hands-On Session) – Mike Reinold and Lenny Macrina
  • Progressing and Regressing Movement-Based Strength Exercises (Hands-On Session) – Rob Sutton
  • Speed and Agility Drills (Hand-On Session) – Malcolm Goodridge
  • Plus tons of demonstrations and live Q&A Sessions

This is a HUGE resource for physical therapists, personal trainers, and strength coaches looking to enhance their skills and develop a well rounded program of performance therapy and training.

Personal trainers, strength coaches, and other fitness specialists will learn the concepts behind the Champion program design system, including how we select, regress, progress, and periodize exercises based on movement patterns to enhance performance.  You’ll learn how we emphasize developing complete athleticism by enhancing mobility, strength, power, speed, and agility.

Physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists will learn our concepts of movement-based rehabilitation, included strategies to assess movement dysfunctions and prescribe appropriate manual therapy and corrective exercises.  We emphasize a hands-on approach that includes a thorough biomechanical assessment of how the body moves and functions to determine what specific muscle imbalances and movement impairments may be leading to dysfunction or limiting performance.  We then offer an individualized approach that produces amazing results.

But what I like most about our model at Champion is that we integrate our rehab and fitness systems.

Fitness specialists will benefit from learning how we integrate rehabilitation concepts into our programs to develop appropriate self-myofascial release, mobility, and corrective exercise programs.  Likewise, rehabilitation specialists will benefit from learning how we integrate performance training concepts to understand how to integrate appropriate strength and conditioning concepts into advanced rehabilitation programs.

 

 

Order Champion Seminar

 

 

 

Black Friday Deals – Up to 50% Off Everything Starts Today!

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are about to start!  As you start planning which stores you’ll be going to at midnight on Black Friday, I want you to be able to get a head start and announce that our annual Black Friday sale starts today and boy do we have some amazing discounts on all of of our products and websites!

Please see below for all the different discounts ranging from 25% to 50% off!  The sale begins today and runs until the end of the day on Cyber Monday, which is midnight EST on Monday 12/1/14.  Pay attention as most of the below will require you to use a special coupon code at checkout.  Happy shopping everyone!

 

Black Friday Deals

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25% Off all My Products with Eric Cressey

Functional Stability Training for the Upper BodyEric and I are putting all of our products on sale for 25% off, including all of our Functional Stability Training programs and our Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD.  This even includes our latest, Functional Stability Training of the Upper Body, as well as the past FST’s of the Core and Lower Body.  Your best bet to save is definitely to take advantage of the 25% discount with the complete FST bundle!

Use coupon code BF2014 at checkout:

 

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25% Off All My Products with Kevin Wilk

Kevin Wilk Shoulder DVDsKevin and I are also putting all of our products on sale for 25% off!  This includes our rehab protocols and DVDs on the examination and treatment of the shoulder and knee, as well as Kevin’s new DVDs on the rehab of shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries.

Use coupon code BF2014 at checkout:

 

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25% Off IASTMtechnique.com

IASTM toolKeeping, the theme consistent, Erson Religioso and I are offering 25% off our online course teaching you how to perform instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization at IASTMtechnique.com.

Use coupon code BF2014 at checkout:

 

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25% Off ShoulderSeminar.com

ShoulderSeminar-comFor those that missed my massive sale in the fall on my acclaimed online program teaching you exactly how I evaluate and treat the shoulder, you are in luck.  I’m going to offer 25% off this as well at ShoulderSeminar.com

Use coupon code BF2014 at checkout:

 

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50% Off RehabWebinars.com

RehabWebinars-comLast but certainly not least, we are going to offer a HUGE 50% discount on a yearly membership to RehabWebinars.com, which has a mind blowing amount of awesome webinars from the best in our fields.  You won’t be disappointed.  The normal price is $199 a year but if you use the link below, you can get 1 full year and access to all the past webinars for $99.  After the 1st year you’ll start recurring the $199/year membership fee until you cancel.

There is no coupon code, you must use the link below:

 

 

Pelvic Tilt, Developing Athleticism, and Functional Strength Coach

This week’s Stuff You Should Read comes from Michael Boyle and Jim Ronai.

 

Inner Circle Updates

My last live Inner Circle webinar on Corrective Strategies for Anterior Pelvic Tilt is now available online.  In this webinar I will overview how I approach working with someone with an anterior pelvic tilt, including some of my manual techniques and corrective exercises.

This month’s exclusive product discount for Inner Circle members is 25% off my program teaching you how to perform instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) at IASTMtechnique.com.  IASTM is an easy, affordable, and effective treatment option that doesn’t have to require extensive training or $3000 tools.

The program is 6 hours long, is eligible for CEUs through the NATA and APTA of MA, and is entirely online and accessible on any internet connected device.  Plus, my coauthor Erson Religioso has offered my Inner Circle members 10% off his Edge IASTM tool as well!

Congrats to this months winner of free access: Jodie Krantz from Australia

 

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RehabWebinars.com Updates

RehabWebinars.com has a new presentation on The Fundamentals of Developing Athleticism by Jim Ronai, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS.  This is great overview on how to design and implement programs to develop youth athletes.

 

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Functional Strength Coach 5.0

functional strength coach 5Michael Boyle has just released his latest DVD package Functional Strength Coach 5.0.  If you’ve followed any of Michael’s past Functional Strength Coach programs, you know that the content is always top notch.  What I like is that Boyle keeps it fresh and presents an update on his current thoughts and how he applies them to programming his athletes.  For the young strength coaches and personal trainers out there, this is a must have.

There is a special discount available now but it ends tomorrow (Friday April 24th, 2014):