How to Massage Sore Muscles on Your Own

Work out the kinks without a masseuse using one of these personal tools.

Woman lying on top of massage balls
If you’re on the go or simply can’t afford a professional massage, a massage tool might be just want you need to ease sore muscles.Kieba

Few things affect productivity like sore and stiff muscles. It’s hard to concentrate on the task at hand when your back is barking, or your neck is knotted. Ironically, muscle soreness can be the result of too much exercise or not enough—going fast and furious at the gym or sitting like a gargoyle in a desk chair all day. If you’re not interested in shelling out hard-earned cash for a professional rubdown, there are countless self-massaging devices to help ease the pain.


Massage Gun

Sonic Handheld Percussion Massage Gun
This massage gun features five settings and can be adjusted from 1,200 to 2,800 rpm.LifePro

They might look like blasters from Star Wars, but massage guns send muscle-relaxing waves deep into body tissue. Many come with multiple speed settings and several head styles for different muscle groups.

Massage Cane

Thera Cane Massager
This massage cane is 24-inches long by 15-inches wide and is made in the U.S.Thera Cane

With several strategically placed knot-loosening balls along a curved rod, a massage cane is able to work even the hardest to reach trigger points. Its ergonomic design allows you to use leverage to apply pressure to adhesions and restore blood flow to sore muscles.

Massage Balls

Kieba Massage Lacrosse Balls
These massage balls measure 2.5 inches across and weigh just 5.1 ounces each.Kieba

Not unlike standard lacrosse balls in composition, hard rubber massage balls are a great option for business travelers and other road warriors as they take up little space in a suitcase. Place a ball between a sore muscle and a wall or floor and roll it around to relieve knots and tension.

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