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Muscle aches, pains and general knackeredness.

I have suffered with a bad back for years now and although i do daily stretches and core stability strength exercises i still feel discomfort.

I went for a sports massage just before chrimbo and i must say that i would rather give birth as it appears less painful.. However, the therapist said i am really bad all down the RH side of my body. I was then reading Decembers 220 and it included an article about self massage (no jokes please). I was thinking of purchasing one of these:

http://www.massagetherapy.co.uk/default ... e%20Roller

Has anyone had any experience of using these or any other recommendations



  • while that looks cool, you are gonna find it difficult to self massage your back with something so small, i bought "the stick" for exactly the same reason, and its long so i can do it myself and feel loads better for it (no jokes please... they were selling it at the london triathlon expo last year


    check here for info then buy it from ebay
  • ZacniciZacnici Posts: 1,385
    Thought you were describing me then

    Pilates - nuff said - worked wonder for my shoulder.
    Foam rollers are also good, if you are hard core a marble rolling pin
  • bathtubbathtub Posts: 280
    Have you read the book "The art of backstretching"

    link here

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Backstretch ... =1-1-spell

    During late 90's early 2000 I had a few years out of Triathlon with back problems. I came across the book
    The art of backstretching and started doing the exercises shown in the book, they take about 10 minutes a day 5 days a week, Was a massive help to my recovery and helped get me back into Triathlon, I still do the exercise now although not as regular as I should.

    I am no expert on massage although I go for a regular massage on my legs, my experience of the suffering you mention is normally when there is a tightness in that muscle area, I would persevere as it will gradually loosen up and feel a lot easier.

    I also use a foam roller, tennis ball and golf ball for self massage, I think all of these help but not quite as good as my regular massage.
  • wyno70wyno70 Posts: 189
    What conehead said!

    Get a tennis ball, put it on or near the sore bit and then lean against a wall (with the ball in between). Then move around to 'massage' the bit thats sore.

    Works better than any massage product I've ever come across.
  • ithurtsithurts Posts: 37
    Thanks all for the replies. I have taken all of them onboard and hope to feel better soon.

    It's too hard to stop the urge to train though!!!!!! ARRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH
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