Massage Therapists Self Care
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do self-massage tools work?
Yes! Although nothing takes the place of a relaxing session on the massage table, Massage Warehouse offers a wide array of tried and true self-massage tools that can be used in a home or office setting.
- Self-back and neck massage tools like the Theracane Massage Cane and the Theraband Roller Massager
- Foot massagers for plantar fasciitis and other painful conditions like the Foot Rubz Foot Massager and the Theraband Foot Roller
- Specialized arm massage tools like the roleo Pro Therapeutic Arm Massager
- Fully automated massage experiences like the Power Office Chair Massage Cushion with Heat
How to use a foot roller for plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. A common method to relieve the excruciating pain of this condition is to stretch the ligament multiple times each day. Using a foot roller for 5 to 10 minutes daily will work to lengthen and strengthen the plantar fascia ligament providing much needed relief.
Typically plantar fasciitis pain is at its worst in the morning upon waking or after extended periods of inactivity. Many professionals suggest using a foot roller during these times to begin stimulating your feet. In a seated position, simply place your foot on the foot roller and gently apply pressure while rocking your foot back and forth until it begins to loosen up. If the pain is too intense, try wearing a sock for the first few minutes.
How to massage your own neck?
After a long day of giving massage treatments or sitting in front of a computer, a familiar nagging pain between your shoulder blades or across the back of your neck is sure to interrupt your evening. To effectively provide relief, Massage Warehouse offers a number of self-neck massage tools including the Trigger Point Pro. The candy cane shaped device with a versatile range of strategically placed nodules acts as an extension of your arm to massage your neck, shoulders, and even your lower back.
Another self-neck massage tool option is the TheraBand Roller Massager. The professionals at the TheraBand Academy suggest: while seated on a chair or stability ball with feet planted firmly on ground, grasp both ends of the Thera-Band Roller Massager so that the ridged roller is positioned diagonally on one side just above the inside tip of the shoulder blade. Sit upright in solid posture, with your head balanced directly above shoulders. Lower the opposite ear toward the shoulder and then look down into the armpit on the same side to place a slight stretch on the deep neck muscles. Gently roll the Massager up and down along the path of the levator scapulae muscle, controlling the depth through controlling the amount of pressure placed on the muscle. Work one side at a time. Be sure to keep diagonal angle throughout the motion and to significantly reduce pressure when rolling on up into the neck. In general, longer strokes in this elongated position will work more superficial layers of the tissue.