“Other than doing all of the exercises mentioned on PostureDirect.com, what else can help with my posture?”
Over the past 5 years as working as a physiotherapist, I have consistently been on the prowl to find the best tools available to help improve my very own and patient’s posture.
As I strongly believe in empowering the individual to take control of their own postural pain, I find that these tools will definitely encourage that.
The purpose of this post is to share with you the top 4 tools that have personally helped me out the most. As a physiotherapist, I am particularly picky with what tools I use and recommend to my patients. I ensure you that if these tools have helped me significantly over the years, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for them not to work for you too!
If you are interested in what other stuff that I find particularly helpful, check out the resource page.
1. BodyBackBuddy – BodyBack Company
Description: An effective massage tool to help you release those areas that are particularly difficult to reach. Tight areas such as between the shoulder blades can be easily accessed and released with the BodyBackBuddy.
This gadget comes with 11 therapy knobs which are specifically designed to release those active trigger points in your tight muscles. Who needs to spend all that money to see a massage therapist when you have one of these babies? The BodyBackBuddy has definitely been one of the best investments I have purchased in a long time.
My only issue with this tool is that it is difficult to travel with. The size and shape of the BodyBackBuddy makes it plain awkward to carry around. But not to worry, you can just keep it at home! (… I have found that it is an excellent conversation starter when someone gives you that “what is that!?” look).
How it works: Essentially, it’s a trigger point release, massage and deep tissue release. By placing the appropriate amount of pressure on a tight muscle, this will in turn cause the muscle to relax.
Dimensions: 27″ x 1.5″ x 17″
Check out some BodyBackBuddy videos:
2. Supernova massage ball – Rogue
Description: Heard of massage balls? Well, this is what I personally consider the king of all massage balls! It has a uniquely designed surface consisting of scientifically developed grooves. It’s firm. It’s blue. And it’s big! What is there not to like?
From my knowledge, there is also a smaller version of the Supernova ball which has a diameter of 80mm instead. Depending on your shape and size, you might want to consider getting the smaller ball.
The issue I have with the Supernova is that it is quite expensive in comparison to other massage balls out there in the market. A lacrosse or tennis ball will also do the job and is a fraction of the price. But having said that, I find that the Supernova is more sturdy and durable.
How it works: By applying pressure to the target area whilst on top of the Supernova ball, this will work the same way as the traditional lacrosse release balls. However, with the specifically designed grooves, this will help increase the grip and sheer the tight fascial layers (Think of fascial layers as tight bands connecting muscles). You can use the Supernova massage ball on pretty much any area of the whole body.
Dimensions: 4.72″ diameter (120mm)
Where I got mine from: http://www.roguefitness.com/mobilitywod-super-nova-2-0
Check out some videos:
3. Power bands
Description: If you are anything like me, then you LOVE to stretch (…if not, then you should definitely learn to love it!). These strong resistance bands are an easy and effective method of increasing the intensity of your stretches.
How it works: Think of how you stretch: You position your body so that you feel a stretch sensation in the desired area. Think of these power bands as a means of increasing the pull of the stretch.
Dimensions: ~4.5mm thickness x 29mm width x 41″ length
The resistance power bands come in varying strength – differing in length and width. It really depends on how much stretch you desire or require. I personally tend to use the middle sized power bands for stretching.
Weight: It’s made out of rubber… Not very heavy
Where I bought mine from: http://www.ironedge.com.au/store/power-band-range/
Check out some videos:
4. Foam roller
Description: Most of you would have already heard of the foam roller. If not – they are essentially a cylindrical piece of foam which is used by rolling your desired target body area on top of it. They come in all different firmness, sizes and surface grooves. To be honest, they are pretty much all the same.
Click here if you would like to know how to choose the right foam roller for you.
How it works: Using your body weight, roll your tight area on top of the roller. I tend to use the foam roller mainly to loosen my upper back, lats and legs.
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 13″
Where I got mine from: https://www.tptherapy.com/product/GRID_FoamRoller
Check out these videos:
These are my top 4 tools that have helped me the most with my posture. I’m curious – what are yours? Let me know in the comment section. I’d love to hear what you find most helpful for yourself!
PS. I will be posting a routine on how to use each of these tools in the near future. Stay tuned!