Foam Rollers & Massage Tool Recommendations (Updated)
With so many different foam rollers and massage tools out on the market today, we have narrowed it down to which one's work the best and will hold up well to a lot of use. We have included different density models, shapes & sizes, as well as other effective massage tools because it is important to have a variety on hand. We have tested these extensively over the years with our athletes and clients. To learn more about foam rolling and self massage, click here.
A traditional foam roller offers simplicity in design, is economical and practical to use, while others offer nubs and grid like patterns that allow you to massage areas with more effectiveness. Foam rollers are not the only way to self massage so we included a few other tools for greater precision and a more effective massage.
Remember that foam rolling and self massage is just one step in correcting imbalances, rehabbing an injury, increasing flexibility or aiding in recovery. Corrective exercise with flexibility & mobility training, as well as a strength & conditioning component will need to be integrated into your training program to ensure that you are fully addressing any issues that you may have and that you are taken full advantage of the reduced tension and adhesions in those tissues.
The basic massage tools that we recommend all of our clients to purchase are:
We recommend that you not only buy one model or type but to purchase a few varieties for better targeting. It's also a good idea to have a few extra to travel with, leave at work or in your vehicle.
The convenice of self massage is hard to beat, however, a good set of hands will always out perform any massage tool. It is highly recommended that you integrate daily self massage with a qualified sports massage therapist from time to time or as often as possible.