Over the years I have tried a ridiculous amount of different self myofascial release tools, some great, some awful, and some just a rip off. Luckily, new products emerge all the time and continue to improve.
I’ve learned a couple of things that are important:
- There are different types of self myofascial release tools for different needs, body parts, and intensities. Building your own “kit” is probably going to be the most effective. Trying to use just a foam roller on everything is going to not work well.
- You tend to build up a tolerance to self myofascial release and want to upgrade to more advanced foam rollers, trigger point balls, and massage sticks. Start with the basics and advance overtime.Mobilitas Mobility Sphere
Somewhere between a foam roller and a trigger point ball, I actually really like using 5” mobility balls. Because of the round shape, the contact area is smaller so the amount of force to the area is larger. Plus, you can use into in multiple planes of motion because it is a ball instead of a roller. This is something I personally use. You can get into smaller areas, like your chest, but I use this just as much as a standard foam roller. There are a few but the one I use and recommend is the Mobilitas Mobility Sphere.