Self Massager Comparison

How does ProSqueeze compare with other available types of massagers? Here are the results of our comparison, in which we found ProSqueeze to be overall more effective, comfortable, and convenient to use. 

ProSqueeze is an ideal portable massager because it is capable of delivering targeted pressure to trigger points and adhesions – commonly known as “knots” - alleviating tension effectively with minimal effort. To use it, first place the pads around the area where you need relief and squeeze the lever a few times to achieve the desired amount of pressure. Then, simply relax on the couch or your favorite chair while ProSqueeze does most of the work for you. All that is needed to increase its effectiveness is gentle stretching of the tight muscle during treatment.

ProSqueeze holds itself in place with sustained pressure, relieving your tension without interrupting your daily routines. In addition, its lightweight and durable and can easily travel anywhere with you - via car, bicycle, gym or yoga bag.

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Foam rollers deliver broad surface pressure, smoothing out large areas of connective tissue and muscle by rolling through areas of tension. To use a foam roller effectively, you need access to sufficient open floor space, so that you can position yourself over top of the roller, while continuously moving your body forward and backward. The only way to control depth of pressure, so as to avoid pain and potential bruising, is to engage your physical strength, which expends energy you might not have at the end of a workout or day at work. Foam rolling works best when applied to the largest muscle groups, such as the back, gluteals and IT bands. Rolling other areas of the body is awkward at best, as it is hard to get the perfect amount of pressure without working too hard. Also, for anyone with existing injury or compromised range of motion or strength, this tool can be frustrating, exhausting, and even painful. Foam rollers are also too bulky and cumbersome to carry with you to work, the gym or travel.

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Massage balls are specifically intended for treatment of trigger points. To use them you have to get on the floor and press the ball into the trigger point, either by hand - which can be tiring in and of itself - or by pressing your body into the ball while it is on the floor (or against the wall). By definition, trigger points are often found situated within taut bands of muscle that can be ropy and slippery. Massage balls, being round and hard, will frequently slip off of these taut bands, losing contact with the trigger point and making it difficult to sustain the pressure long enough for the tissues to melt. Alternatively, the muscles one must use to deliver the pressure can fatigue before the full release is achieved. So, while massage balls can be relatively effective on trigger points located in torso areas, such as the back, neck and glutes, they are not as effective on the forearms, hands, hamstrings, quads, IT bands, shins or calves.

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Stick massagers are another popular type of self massager. To use a stick massager on your leg, you have to grab both ends of the tool, press it against your leg and roll it up and down. This requires you to exert muscular force and most people get tired before getting to the deeper layers of tension. To use it on your arm, you have to use one hold it in one hand and press it against your other arm and roll it up and down. The leverage is poor and you can strain one arm while massaging the other! Overall, stick massagers may work well for releasing surface tension and superficial layers of fascia, but working out deeper layers of muscle tension is more difficult and getting any release at all requires you to expend your precious energy!

There are two other massagers on the market that are specifically designed to release arm and hand tension. One of them is a stationary plastic frame that sandwiches the forearm between two rollers and uses spring tension to create the pressure on your arm. However, its springs are weak and the tool can't deliver much therapeutic pressure, nor can it focus the pressure on specific trigger points. The other tool requires use of the opposite hand to generate the pressure. While this design is effective for releasing arm tension, it can tire your other hand in the process. Furthermore, it is intended mainly for use on hands and arms, and does not work very well on the legs.

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ProSqueeze was specifically designed to eliminate the struggle of doing self-massage and enable you to easily experience more therapeutic effects. When you are already hurting, the last thing you need is to cause yourself more pain while attempting to experience relief. ProSqueeze hones directly into the trouble spot, and does not require you to exert extra energy to successfully achieve positive results. Each squeeze of the lever sustains the pressure like a clamp, so once you find the spot you want released, just pull the lever until you get the perfect amount of pressure and then make a small movement of your wrist or ankle to enhance the stretch.

Trigger points are often the cause of tension experienced in surrounding muscle fibers and connective tissue, as well as referred pain sensation in other related areas. Precision is important in releasing trigger points. Rolling the full length of a muscle may feel good temporirily, but it often will not target the trigger point specifically enough to release it.

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Unlike other massagers which best contact only broad areas, ProSqueeze can be applied comfortably to many smaller and heavily-used muscle groups as well, such as hands, forearms, biceps and triceps, quadriceps, calf muscles, shins and even the plantar fascia on the soles of feet. This makes it the best choice for alleviating symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow (tendinosis), repetitive strain injury (RSI), plantar fasciitis, and many other common types of overuse injuries.

Govinda Bader