For a funny way to get tools for self-myofascial release, all you have to do is head to your local pet store. There will be a wide variety of dog toys in various densities and sizes. Many of them work just as well as the niche products in the fitness marketplace, which, to me, are often way overpriced. Ben Greenfield and the folks at Mobility Wod have some great ideas as well that don’t cost much, and there’s a great overview on theory and techniques in the article Hurts So Good: A Beginner’s Guide Self-Myofascial/Trigger Point Release at The Art of Manliness.
I stopped by a pet store last week to get a new dog tag, and I came home with a new toy myself. My Irish Setter, Lily, is not happy that it is mine.
For expediting recovery and healing, I use a foam roller for larger muscle groups, golf balls for my feet, and this oversize tennis ball works well on my glutes and piriformis. These areas are super tight and knotted up; by digging into these spots, it has not only helped the areas directly but also helps relieve tension in my hips and all the way down my IT band. Lately, I’ve been using this ball while driving; I sit on it and alternate sides. It is a good way to use my 30 minute commute to and from work. My next purchase will be a few lacrosse balls; I’m going to keep one as is and tape two others together. I found this tip at Mobility Wod. It should help dig into my shins.