Purchase Self Care Tools

Often during sessions, I advise people to do certain stretches, use a lacrosse ball for self care, or use foam rollers for either self myofascial release or to promote good posture using them as a McKenzie Lumbar Roll Support during sitting. I’ve created this page for you to be able to quickly find these health and wellness tools and order them online.

Lacrosse Balls

Lacrosse balls enable you to apply deep pressure to tight muscles. They’re more dense than a tennis ball, so they won’t crush under your weight. They’re great for reaching the upper traps to ease neck and upper back pain. Sit on them mid-cheek to release the piriformis muscle, reducing sciatica-like pain. Doing some bony contour-clearing (sit on it and roll around a little) at the ischial tuberosity helps release tendon tension for both the hamstrings and adductors: Both these muscle groups originate here at this bony landmark.Keep your lacrosse balls in the freezer so they can also provide some icy pain relief.

Purchase LaCrosse Balls on Amazon

Kieba Massage Lacrosse Balls for Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Knots, and Yoga Therapy. Set of 2 Firm Balls (Blue and Red)

Kinesio Tape (KT Tape, Rock Tape, Etc..)

Kinesio Tape comes under many different names, brands and colors. It’s often difficult to put on correctly by yourself, requiring you to visit a massage therapist, physical therapist, or other health and wellness professional to apply it for you. Laura Schofield is experienced in a variety of kinesio tape applications for pain relief, postural correction, and injury prevention. Kinesio Tape should stay on for 5 days after application. If you experience skin irritation at any time, remove the tape.

Purchasing uncut rolls of Kinesio Tape is the best, as you are less likely to waste tape as you would when buying precut rolls.

Purchase Kinesio Tape on Amazon

KT Tape Original Cotton Elastic Kinesiology Theraeputic Tape, Jumbo 125 Foot Uncut Roll, Beige

BioFreeze

Biofreeze is similar to Icy-Hot, but with better ingredients. A company producing a similar product called Muscle Goo does a great job of breaking down these products ingredient-by-ingredient. You activate it by rubbing it in: if you just apply it without massaging it in, you won’t receive the benefits. Here’s a quick summary of ingredients in the two best-known musculoskeletal pain relief creams:

  • Icy Hot
    • Hazardous / Questionable Ingredients
      • Licodaine (side effects: swelling, redness, constipation, nausea, vomiting)
  • Useless Ingredients / Fillers
    • Aluminum Glyconate and Hydroxide (a metal used for heart burn relief)
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