10 Best Gad­gets For Re­cov­ery

Feel­ing a bit sore af­ter your run? Fear not, there are tools for ev­ery type of ache and ten­der spot

Runner's World (UK) - - IN THIS ISSUE -

Roll, knead and gen­tly pum­mel your­self to feel bet­ter

1 / TIGER TAIL STRAPPY TIGER

£20, triathlon­store.co.uk An ac­ces­sory rather than a mas­sage tool in its own right, but a pretty good idea: it can be strapped to your foam roller (not in­cluded) to pro­vide an up­grade and help you get deeper, more tar­geted pres­sure in ar­eas where you need it.

2 / BLACKROLL DUOBALL (8CM)

£14.99, live-on-the-edge.com This is a great travel-com­pan­ion op­tion for races. It’s ex­tremely light and feels like hard­ened poly­styrene. You sim­ply rest your weight on it in the tight area. It’s adapt­able enough to get into most ar­eas but we found it par­tic­u­larly use­ful for the chest, neck, up­per back and Achilles.

3 / PROTEC ORB EX­TREME

£22.89, ama­zon.co.uk Made from an ex­tremely hard and dense EVA, rolling around on this is like tor­tur­ing your­self with a giant, bub­bly snooker ball. But the re­lief it gives to ar­eas such as ham­strings, IT band and quads is worth it. The idea is to roll as slowly as you can bear up and down on the af­fected area and let the ball re­lease the ten­sion in the fas­cia. Exquisite pain.

4 / 3- IN-1 MAS­SAGE ROLLER

£14.99, phys­io­room.com This is ac­tu­ally a 2-in-1 mas­sage tool and an ab workout de­vice. You can a) roll this tex­tured foam roller over your body us­ing the han­dles

b) re­move the roller over­lay and use the han­dle un­der­neath as a harder trig­ger-point mas­sage tool, or c) use it for core work­outs.

5 / FAS­CIA BLASTER

£68.75 + £79.88 ship­ping, ash­ley­black­guru.com This branch-like de­vice is de­signed to help with my­ofas­cial re­lease – the knobs rep­re­sent a ther­a­pist’s fin­gers and you knead away at your legs and glutes in a smooth, sweep­ing mo­tion. We found it most ef­fec­tive on the IT band and ham­strings.

6 / HYPERICE VYPER

£169.99, live-on-the-edge.com If the deep ridges on this hard roller aren’t enough to loosen up those knots, then charge it up via the in­cluded USB ca­ble and switch on the vi­brate func­tion to bring a whole new level of stim­u­la­tion to your re­cov­ery game. Just so you know, the vi­bra­tion is quite loud…

7 / SPIKY MAS­SAGE BALL

£4.49, phys­io­room.com Spiky mas­sage balls are best used against bare skin or through a thin layer of cloth­ing so the spikes can dig into your mus­cles. This one comes in a hol­ster that can be used as a grip to get more pur­chase when you’re op­er­at­ing it by hand.

8/ STIMU ROLL

£20.41, phys­i­cal­com­pany.co.uk The great thing about the Stimu Roll is that you can in­flate and de­flate it with a stan­dard foot­ball pump to get just the right level of firm­ness for you. The red mas­sage part ro­tates around a cen­tral bar and as well as re­leas­ing knots of mus­cle it helps to pro­mote blood flow to the area.

9 / THE GRID FOAM ROLLER

£31.49, cru­cial­fit­ness.co.uk The mar­ket leader in foam rollers, its grid con­struc­tion has vary­ing den­si­ties so you can use dif­fer­ent bits of the roller for, er, dif­fer­ent bits of your body. And fel­las, it comes in other colours, too.

10 / D-SHAPED HALF ROLLER

£9.50, phys­i­cal­com­pany.co.uk This is only mod­er­ately stiff so it’s a good op­tion if your legs need some light work. The D-shape gives it sta­bil­ity, so you can rest your weight on it with­out rolling it – use­ful if you’ve iden­ti­fied a tight spot.

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