If you are over the age of 28 and you have exercised most of your adult life, chances are that you’ve sustained some sort of muscle injury along the way. Over time, these injuries are more noticeable and eventually become known as trigger points.
Trigger points, also known as knots, are hyperirritable spots in your skeletal muscles that are associated with tight muscle fibers. Pain often radiates from these points to broader areas distant from the trigger point itself.
I personally experience a lot of pain between my shoulder blade (left side) and my left shoulder. This is very common for men who lift weights. The tightening of muscles in the chest and shoulders creates a hunched over posture. In addition, sitting at a desk all day compounds the problem making trigger points in the shoulder area very common.
If you are experiencing pain similar to mine, you have two options.
- Deep tissue massage
- A RumbleRoller
Deep tissue massages are very affective. The massage can loosen the tightness in the trigger points alleviating some pain. Unless you are a pro athlete, you probably don’t have access to a massage therapist before and after every workout. If you have lots of money to waste, go for it. If not, get a RumbleRoller.
The RumbleRoller simulates the affect of a massage. The RumbleRoller is similar to foam rollers you may see in most gyms. But conventional foam rollers have smooth surfaces that further compress soft tissue. Rolling on top of them improves blood flow and tissue flexibility, but the effect is limited and relatively superficial, unless you spend a lot of time rolling. The RumbleRoller performs this therapy more effectively. The surface of the RumbleRoller contains specially designed bumps that are firm, but flexible, much like the thumbs of a massage therapist. As you roll over the top of the RumbleRoller, the bumps continuously knead the contours of your body, gently stretching soft tissue (muscle and fascia) in multiple directions. This action erodes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and brings quick relief to common types of muscular pain. By design, the RumbleRoller’s bumps are firmer than muscle tissue, but much softer than bone, so they deflect out of the way if they contact your spine or other bony protrusions.
If you haven’t tried a RumbleRoller, I highly recommend it.
The RumbleRoller comes in two sizes and two densities.