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I first learned about foam rolling when my kids were running cross country and track during their high school years. I’d play around with their rollers here and there, but I was never too religious about it. A few years later, due to poor mechanics and far too many hours sitting at a computer, I developed some numbness and tingling in my arms because of tight muscles and pinched nerves. I wound up in physical therapy and again incorporated foam rolling into my routine to help my muscles relax and to relieve the pressure on my nerves. As often is the case, once I felt relief and the symptoms went away, I pretty much stopped using the foam roller unless I was having a particularly rough time.
Fast-forward to the past year or two, where I have been running more and stretching less, and of course getting older by the day. I had been trying to schedule deep tissue massage at least once a month to help relieve some of the tightness in my muscles, but of course that can be very costly and with my work and travel schedule being so hectic, it’s hard to schedule the time. I again started using the foam roller sporadically, but it always felt clumsy and I was often rolling off of it instead of rolling with it!
When the opportunity to try the Addaday Pro Massage Roller came up, I jumped at the chance. To be clear, the Addaday Pro Massage Roller is not a foam roller, but rather a self-massage stick that can be used to target multiple areas, some of which often are hard to reach.
The first thing I noticed about the Addaday Pro Massage Roller was how lightweight it is. It is 21 inches long and has three different colored rollers. According to the website, the two softer blue rollers are “designed for kneading [and] can help with scar tissue”. The two gray rollers are medium and “help flush out lactic acid and muscle fatigue”. The small red pin point muscle roller is “for shin splints, Achilles and other hard to reach areas”.
I’ve been using the Addaday Pro Massage Roller for about a month now, and I have to say – I love it! It took a few times to get the hang of it, but now that I have been using it for a while, I know how to hold and it and how much pressure to apply where. At first I used it after running or working out, but in the past two weeks I have been using it when I wake up in the morning to help stretch my achy muscles. I use it most often on my lower legs, but I have also used it to get a good massage of my lower back. At this point I can say for sure that the roller is a great tool for kneading and relaxing my muscles, and I frequently use the red roller to help relieve the shin splints I occasionally get when running on my treadmill. With continued use I hope to appreciate the benefits of flushing out built up lactic acid and relieving muscle fatigue.
Another thing I really like about the Addaday Pro Massage Roller is that it fits in my carry-on suitcase. As I mentioned, I travel quite a bit, and after a long plane ride it’s nice to massage my stiff muscles when I arrive at my destination.
Overall I think the Addaday Pro Massage Roller is a great tool for home use to supplement professional deep tissue massage.
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