Self-Massage Alternatives For Relieving Aches and Pains

With the pandemic, professional massages aren’t as available as they used to be, so we’ve had to find ways to give massages to ourselves. There are many ways to get the benefits of a massage without even leaving your home. Try these five self-massage alternatives to relieve aches and pains.

Gua Sha

This traditional Chinese medicine technique involves scarping the skin with a roller to increase blood flow to the soft tissues closer to the skin’s surface. This warms the tissue up and decreases pain.

Percussion Therapy

Percussion massagers emit bursts of pressure through the attachment heads to improve circulation and blood glow. They also dull muscle discomfort and pain.

Foam Rolling

Foam rolling releases muscle tension and boosts blood flow and circulation, while improving mobility. Foam rolling can lower delayed-onset muscle soreness that happens between 12-24 hours after a workout.

Compression With Lacrosse Balls

Tennis balls, lacrosse balls, and golf balls are all great tools for releasing tension and they target smaller harder to reach spots.

Epsom Salt Bath

Relax your muscles with a hot Epsom salt bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.