Fascia-busting products for rolling out your sore muscles
Unwind and unknot your body, from your fingers to your toes.
You don’t need to be an athlete to reap the benefits of a foam roller. Our bad posture, long hours at a desk, and chronic hunch to gaze into our phones means our bodies can get tight and sore from doing almost nothing with them. It’s important to improve your posture, work as ergonomically as possible, and take care of our tense backs, tight shoulders, and knotted muscles—especially if we exercise frequently, or want to improve your body’s performance. Below, our top picks for accessories that’ll keep you fluid.
Perhaps you climb, are a masseuse, or just type aggressively and have overworked your fingers. These spiky sensory rings massage out your overused appendages, keeping your body primed for an evening spent playing video games. Take these stainless steel rings along with you everywhere; they can also double as a fidget toy if you’re feeling anxious.
If you have a stiff back, this ergonomic Dharma yoga wheel is a lifesaver. It can be used in a variety of ways (this wheel comes with a free ebook and also a strap to deepen any pose), but the simplest way is to just sit in front of it and lie back. The natural wheel curvature supports and stretches your back simultaneously, while also giving you a mini-massage. It’s a great way to work on your core strength and back flexibility while feeling supported.
This ingenious massage tool brags nodes and spikes to loosen up tight and knotted muscles anywhere on your body, from hard-to-reach knots in your back to spazzing tissue at the bottom of your feet. It weighs less than a pound, which makes it convenient to travel with, and is made of BPA-free plastic. It comes with a three-year warranty.
A Theragun is like handheld jackhammer for your muscles. The handle is comfy and makes it easy to reach areas like your lower back, and this model makes half the noise than previous Theragun models. It’s a good investment if you want to save on actual massages, because it gets in deep to any muscle area, and also can be used on a friend or vice versa. It’s backed by a two-year warranty.
These small and portable massage balls are easy to use—just lay down on a hard surface with them underneath whichever area is bothering you most. The spiky outer layer provides an extra level of stimulation and increases circulation. If your dogs are barking, just roll this around with the bottom of your foot.