Your Body-Care Toolkit for Pain-Free Living
What (or who) helps hold you together?
What do you do to take care of the knots in your muscles and fascia? (The soft, squishy stuff?)
How about address the imbalances your body faces throughout the day?
Especially after a long day (or week) of work, the body feels worn down and stiff.
There are two tools, and two people, who I use to help keep my body working its best. The tools travel with me and add less than 2 pounds to the backpack I already carry.
There are a few ways you can take care of some of the soft tissue work. Here are my recommendations for the busy professional on the go.
- Pinky ball
A pinky ball is a 2.5” diameter massage ball that is especially useful for highly focused trigger point work, especially the feet. You can use a lacrosse, tennis, or nubbed trigger point ball if you find them easier to obtain.
- Collapsible foam roller
THIS amazing gadget is a MUST HAVE for my fitness geeks and frequent travelers. The biggest problem with a regular foam roller, even one that’s 18” long and has a hollow core, is that it takes up too much space! Brazyn Life made a 14.5” long collapsible foam roller that collapses from a 5.5” diameter to 2”, weighs only 1.5lbs, and is able to support up to 350 pounds. The Alpha model is “nubbed” where the Bravo model (my body’s preference) is smooth. Bonus: washable “skins” that make it fun to look at AND they can be run through the washer! 😮
At some points, our bodies need help from outside professionals to help us maintain the great work we’ve been doing in the gym. That’s most especially necessary with addressing our skeletal alignment.
- Chiropractic Medicine
I’ve worked with chiropractors for the better part of 20 years. That experience has taught me that life likes to compress us, and we heed help to decompress! Proper skeletal alignment allows the muscles to be trained in correct alignment. You may be able to get those joints or muscles to “crack” on your own, but that has nothing on a proper adjustment from a chiropractor. 😉
Dr. Krystal Drwencke of Ascent Sports Chiropractic our new partner in skeletal health! Dr. Krystal has been helping me work with the alignment issues feeding into my lower back pain and plantar fasciitis. Whether you’re looking to address injuries or improve your athletic performance, if you’re looking for a San Francisco-based chiropractor, I highly recommend you check her out! Bonus: read “6 Things Your Sports Chiropractor Wants You To Know.”
- The Massage/Mobility Link
Eventually, those rollers and balls just can’t beat a massage therapist who will make sure your body is in skeletal alignment while addressing your muscles. You may think of massage as an indulgence, but it’s an essential aid for getting into those spots that require external assistance!
Our new partner in massage is Gary L. Johnson, MA, CMT, of Intuitive Touch Massage. Gary is Covo’s resident massage therapist, and his Friday afternoon chair work has helped keep my tension out of my neck and shoulders! Keep an eye out on the Everchange Fitness Facebook page and YouTube Channel at the end of July for our collaborative video talking about Text Neck! Bonus: check out our collaboration regarding lower back pain.
Get to know us
A great way to get to meet all three of us will be on August 13 at Covo in San Francisco! From 10AM-11AM at Covo, we’ll be hosting a complimentary breakfast bar and Q&A session. Covo members and guests will be eligible for 10-minute complimentary assessments, evaluations, and massage from 11AM-1PM.
Do you have any “stand-by’s” in your body-care kit? Reply back with yours… I’d love to know! 🤩