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    Apr 6, 2018

    11 Products Massage Therapists Recommend For Managing Body Pain

    A fancy heating pad, resistance bands, headache roll-on oil, and more things you can use to help deal with *RUDE* body discomfort.

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    If you are a human, you've probably dealt with some form of pain in your back, neck, shoulders, legs... the list goes on. While it *is* very important to consult your doctor about a treatment plan that will work for you (you know, to identify exactly what it is causing your discomfort), there are some products professionals recommend that you can use right in your own home!

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    To get the best products, we spoke to licensed massage therapist (L.M.T.) Beret Kirkeby, owner of Body Mechanics located in New York City, and L.M.T David Weintraub, owner of Bodyworks DW (also located in NYC).

    It's worth mentioning that the massage therapists we chatted with work in a clinical environment and focus on deep tissues, rehabilitation of certain areas of the body, and creating an ongoing therapy plan — rather than someone who works in a spa setting (who you might see once and have them concentrate on the body as a whole). People seek out massage therapists for myofascial pain, soft tissue strains, sports injuries, insomnia, and even headaches.

    Their recommendations range from everyday things (like stretching bands!) to more specific products for pain management. Here is their list:

    1. A *soft* foam roller to get the blood flowing, and over time, help you move certain muscles easier.

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    Weintraub mentioned two different rollers, but recommended this softer one for people who aren't super familiar with using them as others can be too hard and cause you even more pain. And pain = bad. For people who have more experience with rollers, Weintrab suggests this firmer, high-density one from Amazon ($19.99).

    He also wanted to clarify that using the foam roller does not eliminate scar tissue that could potentially be causing pain. "You can’t get rid of scar tissue. You can break it up and make it more elastic, but your body will never get rid of it completely. On the other hand, if it’s just stuck and not moving, if you do work with some of these tools, you’ll make the tissue more elastic and less restrictive which then allows you to move better again."

    Oh, and there are tons of different videos you can look up on YouTube for foam roller exercises.

    Get it on Amazon for $32.90+ (available in three sizes and styles, and two colors).

    2. A pack of resistance bands that'll help with soreness and rehabilitation exercises. "The colors represent different strengths of resistance so you can start at a lower level and then increase the difficulty with different colors," says Weintraub.

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    He also said that they are super light-weight and small, so it's easy to just toss them in the bag and take them to work, or wherever! "They’re usually recommended for physical therapy when you’re trying to rehab something. So if you’ve got a sore shoulder, rather than going to the gym and lifting a bunch of heavy weights, you really should be doing much smaller movements and these are perfect for that. You can Youtube a zillion videos on how to use them and get a lot bang for your buck," adds Weintraub.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    3. A set of massage balls you can use at home to work out tension in hard-to-reach muscles.

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    These come in a variety sizes and densities so they can specifically help relieve some tightness in different areas of the body. Weintraub also adds that they're good for leaning against the wall with and moving around so you can give yourself a lil' massage right at home!

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $16.

    4. Or a simple tennis ball. Seriously! Kirkeby says she gives her clients a "good old-fashioned tennis ball" when they come to her office.

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    "No need to break the bank on scratching that itch by getting a good rub deep into your muscle on your own," says Kirkeby.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.06.

    5. A set of half balls that are easier to use on certain body parts than regular massage ones because they actually stay in place.

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    "The reason I like these is because if you’re using them on the ground for foot, back, or shoulder work (there’s a lot of different ways to use balls as a self massage treatment) they don’t roll around. So you don’t have to chase these around the floor. You can just plop them down and stand on them with your feet and work through different pressure points, or whatever feels good on there. You’ll get a lot of immediate relief in your back and neck," says Weintraub.

    Get a pair from Amazon for $15.95.

    6. A multipurpose exercise ball for stretching, rehabilitation, and simple workouts.

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    "Owning a pilates ball, or just a straight up exercise ball, has a lot of different uses. I used to use that as my main desk chair, and I recommend that for a lot of people. There’s also just a ton of different therapeutic and fitness things you can do. You can do rehab stuff on it and also do real exercises," says Weintraub.

    *However*, Weinstrab added that it's extremely important to find the right size for your height, so make sure you look at the sizing options before you checkout!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49+ (available in five sizes and eight colors).

    7. A wobble board that'll build strength back up in your ankles after sprains.

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    But! Weintraub did say that he does NOT recommend this for actual balancing. "If you’ve got any old ankle sprains, these are really great for self rehab. I wouldn’t recommend them for the thing they initially put on the pictures which is trying to balance your feet on them. But stand with one foot on there and do basic left, right, forward, back. That’ll be really hard and challenging but it will be really helpful to rebuild your ankles."

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in four colors).

    8. A deep-heat therapy pad (basically a fancier heating pad) that Kirkeby recommends for "achy and older injuries that are muscle oriented."

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    "We also love heat for some issues. You can get a medical-grade heating pad called a 'Thermaphore'. It will blow the socks off your dinky home heating pad. Industry secret. You have to be a little cautious as they do get hotter than a regular one, so they are made with a switch you have to hold down, rather than an 'on and off'. If you want to sweat a muscle, it is the way to go," says Kirkeby.

    Get a large from Amazon for $65.84.

    9. An orthopedic pillow to help anyone who struggles with neck and shoulder pain get some darn sleep.

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    Weintraub says he's basically tried all the pillows out there but it's tough to recommend a certain one because everyone has different preferences. "Some people like one, some people like the other, so it’s a trial and error thing. But this pillow does please a large percentage of people. Anyone with neck and shoulder issues, I do recommend a shaped pillow over a traditional, regular pillow," he adds.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $83.52.

    10. A bottle of lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils that can help with allergies, headaches, and cold symptoms.

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    "I’m not a new-agey, 'aromatherapy will cure everything,' kind of person, but there are some essential oils that have a therapeutic value. Lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree, can do a lot of different things for you. For instance, all of them are antiviral and antibacterial. Any allergies or cold symptoms etc. — having any of the three, whatever one you prefer, is going to be a really good thing to have around the house," says Weintraub.

    He recommends adding them to a boiling pot of water or purchasing a small diffuser (get one here for $24.99 from Amazon). He also mentioned that he loves the Simply Earth brand because they are mom and pop company that donates a percentage of their profits to help stop human trafficking.

    Get the lavender essential oil from Amazon for $9.99, the eucalyptus for $10.99, and the tea tree for $8.99.

    11. And an essential oil blend, roll-on bottle that may be a help in relieving migraines and tension, or possibly giving you an immunity boost when you're starting to feel sick. It's already been diffused, so it's safe to use straight onto your skin!

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    The booster is made with clove, ginger, grapefruit, and tree essential oils. These specific ingredients are known to be antimicrobial and antiviral, so they're great to apply when you feel a cold coming on.

    Weintraub also recommends the the head soothing blend, which is made with rosewood, lavender, a frankincense essential oil and then diluted in coconut oil so you can directly apply to your skin. "That particular blend is really great for headaches and migraines," he says.

    Get the head soothing or immunity boost roll-on from Amazon for $9.99.

    Big thanks to David Weintraub and Beret Kirkeby for their recommendations. I hope these products can give you some at-home relief!!!

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