Recommended Self Massage Ergonomics and Rehabilitation

Self Massage

The cheapest massage is the one you do yourself. These items can greatly enhance recovery, reduce tension and tightness and improve circulation among numerous other benefits.

This Foam Roller is the stronger type that won’t break down as quickly as the white cheaper versions.

The Lacrosse Ball is probably the most bang for your buck you can get in life.  These little balls are perfect for loosening tight muscles.

The Thera Cane is one of those tools you become addicted to.  It can reach so many areas you just can’t do on your own.  It can be used in a number of different ways.

The Stick is amazing for searching for and finding spots you didn’t even know you had.

  • Foam Roll

  • Lacrosse Ball

  • Thera Cane

  • The Stick

The GRID Foam Roller by TriggerPoint  is another type of Roller which you may like even more then the foam roller. This model is compact to save space and won’t break down as quickly as traditional foam rollers.

The ACU-SYSTEM Acuback and Acuball kit add the benefit of heat to your self massage tool.  Heat it up for 1 minute in a microwave and it will hold heat for 75 minutes.  Heat is a great way to relax your muscles as well as increase circulation.

  • TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

  • ACU-SYSTEM Acuback

  • ACU-SYSTEM Acuball Kit

Ergonomics

These items can make your life less stressful by making your body less stressful.  Probably the best and least expensive tool you can use is a Swiss Ball for desk working.  Be sure to purchase a Swiss Ball that is one size larger then you would use for exercising.  You can find this information on the Recommended Exercise Equipment Page.

  • Comfort Dreams Zero Gravity Adjustable 3-Piece Wedge System

  • LEVO Hands Free Book Stand

  • Height-Adjustable Standing Desk – VARIDESK Pro Plus 36

Rehabilitation

These items can be used for specific strains and injuries.  Included is the Cervical Spine, the Lumbar Spine and the Foot.

Cervical Spine

This video describes how straightening of the cervical curvature, which is known as military neck, can cause numerous problems. Military neck can lead to herniated disks as well as thoracic outlet syndrome and many other problems.

Furthermore you can see in this video how the Cervical Dorsal Fulcrum made by Pettibon Chiropractors can help restore cervical curvature.

Neck Traction is also another powerful tool to help to reduce strain on the cervical vertebra.

  • Cervical Dorsal Fulcrum

  • Cervical Neck Traction

For all my clients with cervical issues I highly recommend purchasing a Therapeutica Pillow. You spend 8 hours of every single day sleeping. Normal pillows actually straighten the neck and can lead to increase cervical stress. Check out this video on the Therapeutica Pillow. Make sure to measure your shoulders before you purchase.

  • Therapeutica Pillow – Petite

  • Therapeutica Pillow – Average

  • Therapeutic Pillow –  Large

Lumbar Spine
  • Back Magic Multi-Level Back Stretching Device

  • Mastercare Back-A-Traction Inversion Table

  • Ergonomic Auto Lumbar Pillow

  • Love Home Car Lumbar Pillow & Neck Pillow

  • Ironman Gravity 4000 Inversion Table

  • 12 Inch Half Round Foam Roller

  • OPTP Original McKenzie Lumbar Roll – Firm

  • The Original Mckenzie Night Roll Back Support

Feet

The Feet are the start of the nervous system signal from the environment.  They are also the most fundamental support when standing up.  They set up the rest of the body for posture, balance, stability, and coordination.  Many people who wear shoes lose the natural motion that occurs at the feet.

Correct Toes are designed to reverse the toes being squished together which happens especially for people who wear dress shoes and in particular women wearing high heals.

This can lead to bunions and what is known as hammer toes.  Its not pretty and can be very painful as well as set the body up for many problems up the chain.  In fact your neck pain might be traced back to improper feet mechanics.  If you purchase socks with separated toes and a set of free motion shoes (wide forefoot) you can wear these during your day to help separate your toes.

Strutz Sole Angel is for flat feet and fallen arches by helping to stretch the metatarsals (feet bones).

  • Correct Toes

  • Strutz Sole Angel