My Favorite Things

December 11, 2017

As a Physical Therapist who uses Manual Therapy to treat various types of musculoskeletal dysfunction, I am always looking for ways to help my patients treat themselves, and ways to save my hands. Here are 3 of my favorite tools that I use in clinic and encourage patients to buy for independent use.

Looking for Holiday gift ideas?? These may be an option!

  1. Cohens ACUBALL

This HEATABLE ball is about 4 inches in diameter, loaded with little bumps, spikes and ridges specifically designed to get into all the myofascial and joint related nooks and crannies that need release work. Dr. Cohen has a great feature on his website called “Where do you hurt?”. Click on the area of pain and up comes a 1-2 minute video on how to use the ACUBALL to address the area of discomfort. Awesome! Just be sure to follow the instructions and not heat it more than a minute in the microwave. It will melt! It takes a few sessions to get worked in and hold the heat. But once it does, it may be your new best friend!

  1. Myotool

This Theracane on steroids can be used to treat myofascial triggerpoints as well as assist in spinal joint mobilization, self traction, etc. Good videos available online to show how to use. 

  1. Perform Better Posture Disc.

Initially used in our clinic to help work with balance issues for foot and ankle patients, it is also really helpful for patients to sit on. Similar to using a large Gym ball when sitting at your desk, this device encourages upright posture and core control, easing chronic tension in the neck and upper traps. When you are tired of sitting on it you can always put it behind your back as a lumbar cushion. Much safer and more convenient in your office than that large awkward ball.          Pillow/dp/B01CJ27P7C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513014914&sr=8-1&keywords=perform+better+disc

Article Written By: Nancy Droege, PT, OCS