We are well into the new year and by now our bodies may be feeling the stresses of going back to work or school/uni. Whether it be carrying around text books, sitting at a desk all day or your workload piling up, here are a few great ways to use our very popular ‘Pocket Physio’…
The pocket physio is a handy tool to use for self massage and release work for when you want to get into some smaller areas which can be hard to get to properly with a trigger ball or foam roller. It’s designed to sit against the wall where you can lean on it, or to stand up on the floor where you can lie on it, or it can be handheld and be a real thumb and finger saver. So let’s have a look at some ways you can get the most out of your pocket physio….
Pocket Physio Sale –
Simply mention this blog article and you will receive 10% off if you purchase 2 Pocket Physios or 20% off if buying 3 or more! The Pocket Physio retails for $10 and can be purchased from the clinic reception or by emailing us.
How to relieve neck pain with the pocket physio:
If you suffer from neck stiffness or even headaches you might be able to give yourself some relief by doing some trigger point releases on the muscles in the upper part of your neck. The pocket physio is designed so that you can massage the muscles on either side of your spine without putting direct pressure on the spine itself. So cup the pocket physio in your palm, bring your hand behind your neck and position it so that the groove sits over bony part of your spine. Apply some pressure, feeling for any tender points and hold until the tenderness has eased. If your pain is more on one side of your neck you can flip it over and use the other point.
How to relieve shin pain with the pocket physio:
If you’re a walker or a runner, or if you spend a lot of time on your feet and find you get sore shins, the pocket physio lets you put firm pressure onto the muscles that attach either side of your shin. Cup the pocket physio in your palm and press the point into the muscle. There will probably be a few tender spots along the shin so hold the pressure on the first spot until the tenderness eases then continue to move lower down the leg. For an active release, hold the pressure while moving your foot up and down.
How to relieve forearm pain with the pocket physio:
If you work a lot with your hands or suffer from tennis elbow you might get some relief from treating the muscles of your forearms. Cup the pocket physio in your palm and press the point into the muscle. Move it around carefully until you find the most tender spot and hold. For an active release, move your wrist up and down.
You can use it all over your body. It’s a great tool to have in your self-treatment toolbox.