These products may look funny, but boy are they serious when it comes to fighting your pain. Here are a few of my favorite tried and true odd inventions I use on the daily.
Should you spend $16 on a piece of Nylon with loops? Yes, you definitely should. This strap is often found at physical therapist offices, like my own, and is perfect for loosening super tight muscles, especially calves and hamstrings. I use it almost every night before bed, by lying right on my bed and putting my feet in the different loops. It comes with a booklet on how to use it, and you can also watch some handy videos on YouTube. This might be one of the best things I've bought to fight my pain.
This might be the oddest looking thing I'm going to tell you to buy, but you're going to be so glad you did. This strange plastic hand mit has steel rolling balls attached to the palm and is the object of my affection. You simply place it on your hand and roll over your legs, arms, back, whatever... using the desired amount of pressure. The balls simultaneously roll on your pain spots all at once. This is the best use of $20 you can find. Trust me.
Have you tried foam rolling? It's an amazing way to loosen and stretch aching muscles. Athletes usually use it after a workout, and is spoonies can use it just about anytime! Not all foam rollers are created equal, which is why I love the Atlas Foam Roller – complete with sturdy, cushioned handles on both ends that make using a foam roller even easier, especially for those with mobility issues. Check out their site for all the different sizes and weights they offer, plus their super helpful instructional videos! (Partner)
If you're anything like me, you like to fight your pain with pain. Call me a masochist, sure, but the thought of driving little spikes into some throbbing muscles is quite calming for me. These spikes are made of plastic and are attached to a soft cushiony mat, and if you're willing to work up the nerve, can make a big difference to your well-being. The Spoonk Mat is for acupressure massage and can be applied to just about anywhere you're willing to lay down on. I don't use this every single day, but on days if bad back and neck pain, the Spoonk Mat saves the day.
Think of this Roller as a Spoonk Mat and foam roller in one! The three little balls at the center are made of plastic dull spikes, and turn 360 degrees when you roll it up and down. I've found this really useful for neck and leg pain, and sometimes place it on the floor and roll my feet over it too. Just another friendly looking device to combat some killer pain 😏
What strange contraptions do you use to fight pain? I'm always looking to add to my collection of oddities.