Here are some of the products that we recommend to help with your recovery. All of these products have served me well over the years and can be great additions to your home toolbox to assist you with what ails you!
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Chattanooga ColPac Oversize – 12.5 in x 18.5 in
We use these a ton! I highly recommend these gel ice packs whether you are recovering from a surgery or are a weekend warrior that just needs to keep those aches and pains calmed down after strenuous exercise. These are a great!
GAIAM RESTORE COLD
THERAPY MASSAGE ROLLER
I really like this little gadget. It can be used for many different conditions where the muscles and/or scar tissue are a problem. It can either be room temperature or placed in the freezer to help with cooling the tissue and helping with pain while you work on the muscles.
Gaiam Restore Cold Therapy Muscle Massage Roller Ball
This is a smaller cousin to the product above. Same uses, but can get to some of those smaller areas. You can even use it for the bottom of your feet if you have issues with plantar fasciitis.
GAIAM FOAM Muscle Roller Stick
This tool provides deep tissue massage for feet, calves, legs, hamstring, back, glutes, quads, neck, back, and shoulder. It can be helpful for relieving pain coming from shin splints, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and tennis elbow to name a few. I’ve used these to ease muscle soreness, aid recovery, and reduce stiffness and pain before and after workouts.
Cando 30-2100 White Round Foam Roller, 6″ Diameter x 36″ Length
I really like these! I have one in the clinic and at home. I use it almost every day. We spend so much time bending forward to do daily tasks, so we need to reverse that motion by getting our upper back, shoulders, and neck into extension. It leaves my back and my patients who use it feeling great!
Posture Magic Massage Ball Set for Myofascial Trigger Point Release
Another really hand set of tools for people dealing with trigger points, myofascial pain, and other soft tissue issues. You get a nice variety of different tools to reach some of those hard to reach areas in the back, neck, and shoulders. I’ve got patients that don’t leave home without them!
THE GYROBALL HAND, GRIP, WRIST EXERCISER
This is a cool little gadget. It helps with your grip strength and can add a little fun to your rehab!
The Original Stretch Out Strap
Great tool for working on flexibility. I use this one a lot for working in the knee, hip, and ankle. It has nice handles along the strap that make it easier to grip and pull on areas that are tight. I use this one pretty much every day in the clinic.
over the door pulley
Here is a simple pulley device to use over the door for those needing some help with stretching after a shoulder injury. Very simple, but highly effective!
Restorator Pedal Exerciser
This is a great device that can be multifunctional in its use. You can put it on the ground and use it as a portable stationary bike, or set it up on the table/counter and pedal with your arms to keep the shoulders, hands, and elbows moving. You can add resistance manually to get the right intensity.
Knee Exerciser Pro-DUAL KNEE PULLEY
I found this one advertised by a contact on LinkedIn. Malcolm Eddy invented this and I have found it to be really effective in helping stretch the knee in those cases where it is tough to get the range of motion we are needing. It is good quality and very affordable compared to other durable medical goods that are out on the market.
Zacro Resistance Bands Set
I have used these bands and tubing for the past couple of years. The rubber is great quality and the bands continue to last without showing signs of breakdown. The loop straps are really handy. Another tool I use every day in the clinic.
SEROLA® Sacroiliac Belt
I have found this stabilization belt to be very comfortable to wear, not to mention, it does the job! My wife used this belt after babies number 2 and 3 to take care of her sacroiliac joint pain. Great product here!
Hopkins FloTool “Calf Stretch” wheel chock
Now this is an interesting product. I can double as a wheel chock to keep your trailer in place, or a very functional and inexpensive tool for stretching the calves. This works great for people with foot and knee stiffness that need to be working on regularly stretching their calves.
Saunders Cervical Home Traction Unit
This one is a bit on the pricey end, but another nice tool effective in helping people with neck pain related to disk disease or protrusions. This is one your will want to try before you purchase. I have one in the clinic and will use it quite a lot in helping people treat their non-specific neck pain.
Comforttrac Cervical Home Traction Unit
Similar to the Saunders unit, I have had patients that have purchased this one as well and reported similar results. This one will be a price and preference decision.