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Has anyone personally tried or heard anything about the Trigger Point products? MrC faithfully uses his foam roller for ITBS but seems to break them down pretty fast. I thought I'd buy him one of the Trigger Point items or even the whole body package if they were any good. Thanks!<br><br><a href="http://tpmassageball.com/" target="_blank">http://tpmassageball.com/</a>
 

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I haven't tried those, but they look interesting. I have had my foam roller for about 1.5 yrs now. My husband also uses it daily to roll out his back, sides, legs, chest, etc. It's not quite 'round' anymore. I plan on buying a new one and this time will fork over more $$ and get one made of a different material than the foam-cell type ones. There is one at the gym that is much firmer and it's a blueish swirly design on it. It's not supposed to break down like the open cell ones.
 

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Do you have Clare Davies' book? That might be a good place to start if you don't.
 

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I thing there are less expensive options. I'm a big fan of using an old tennis ball. Only I can't do it when the dog is around or she tries to take it from me. Either that, or she just barks at me.<br><br>
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What's the title?<br><br>
Thanks for the comments everyone.
 

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A friend of mine at work has a Stick that I tried this week - love it on my hamstrings, which I am not paying enough stretch attention to. This can also be found on Amazon, and probably eBay. A Houston running shoe/clothes/etc store carries them, which is where my friend got hers.<br><br><a href="http://www.performbetter.com/detail.aspx_Q_ID_E_4404_A_CategoryID_E_201" target="_blank">http://www.performbetter.com/detail....tegoryID_E_201</a><br><br>
I think she said it was $25 at the running store, so if you have one near you, you might check with them before buying online. Seems more expensive online, plus there would be shipping.
 

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The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=kickrunners-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FTrigger-Point-Therapy-Workbook-Self-Treatment%2Fdp%2F1572243759%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1204146322%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Trigger Point Therapy Workbook</a><br><br>
It's kind of the standard bible for non-professionals AFAIK.
 

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I may need to get this book as well (thanks Hippo!). After my massage today, the MT told me I should get a tennis ball and roll around on it, working out all those tight spots in my glutes. He did mention a specific sort of ball you can use, but that a tennis ball would work just as well in a pinch. Interesting that this thread is here when I'm finding I need the info as well.<br><br>
Speaking of the Stick, I did learn a nifty little technique from my yoga teacher a while ago that works on tight calves without any equipment. She had just come back from a Thai massage weekend workshop, so of course we all got to learn what she had learned. You start on your hands and knees, then cross one shin on top of the other leg calf. Then sit back as much as you dare. The pressure of your shin bone on your calf works the same way the Stick would work. You move your leg up and down on the calf, until you find that "sweet spot" than needs the pressure. Then lather, rinse, repeat. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I have that book and I swear by it! I got it for this Christmas and it has been very useful in finding my trigger points in the lower back and hip area. Some of them were at very different locations from where I felt the pain. The illustrations are very clear in how to locate the trigger points and their pain referral areas. Highly recommend it!<br>
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This book sounds great -- I'll buy it <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Thanks!
 
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