The Best Mobility Tools are designed to deliver pressure where it’s needed – to unlock the blockages that injuries or strains have caused.
The Mobilization Magic Tool MMT has a diameter of 25mm – designed to deliver pressure where it’s needed – to unlock the blockages that injuries or strains have caused. The diameter of the MMT is the same as your elbow.
As you probably know, therapists often use their elbow to manipulate and loosen muscle fascia, which when contracted, constrains the muscle and blood flow, impeding recovery. Initially that pressure treatment may well increase the pain, but as the pressure continues to be applied (over several sessions) the dysfunctional limb, joint or muscle usually recovers and the pain melts away. The MMT works on the same principle. You can think of the MMT as “Your 24/7 therapist elbow” because it allows you to let gravity and your bodyweight take the place of a ‘live’ therapist.
The MMT is best mobility tools to prevent pain and stiffness
If you are an athlete, sportsperson or gym-goer and you know you have a tendency to ‘stiffen up’ or experience pain in particular parts of your body after activity, you can use the MMT before you start your workout or game to help prevent pain and tightness. Do your stretches, then spend a little time with the tool on the muscle, joint or area that usually causes you problems. Your goal should be to find spots that tend to be tense and sore, so you can soften them up before you start your physical activity.
Using Mobility Tools for Acute Pain and Injuries
If you have a recent injury or an old injury that has increased in pain then it is best to ice the area to reduce the inflammation. Do not put the tool directly on the most painful spot straight away as that will increase your pain. Use the tool on a spot nearby that does not stir up your pain, this will still put a stretch on the sore spot and loosen up the tight tissues that caused the sore spot. A sore spot is caused by muscles that are tight and stuck together and the sore spot is the weakest part of that muscle. Putting the best mobility tool on the whole muscle addresses this problem rather than just concentrating on the most painful area.
Using Mobility Tools in Sideways Stretching™
One of the important benefits of the MMT (unlike foam rollers, for example) is that it can be used to stretch muscles sideways, instead of lengthways (the conventional way). Sideways stretching is very effective in releasing adhesions and the fascial sheath continuum which surrounds all muscles, forms a cartilaginous skeleton within the core of muscles and ‘sticks’ them to each other. Sideways stretching is particularly effective for muscles such as the Quads, Calf, Groin and Hamstrings. From my clinical experience no other method of breaking up dysfunctional fascia works as well as sideways stretching.
Patience is Key
The rate and speed of improvement will vary from person to person, depending how long the problem has been occurring.
The longer you have had the stiffness or tightness, the longer it will take for the MMT to work. The constricted fascia that is causing the pain is very strong. If your tissues are very tight it may take some time for those tissues to soften. The body takes its own time and you may need to be patient and not rush the process. Try to remember that any positive improvement is better than leaving those muscle trigger points untreated, prolonging your pain.
Make sure you pay attention to small improvements in pain or movement over time and remember that stretching the muscle or joint before and after using the MMT will rapidly increase your progress as will consistent (daily) use of the tool