By Soji James, CPT, CSCS
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The design of the Pso-Rite mimics the arm and elbow, so each time you use this tool it’s like putting your recovery in the hands of an actual massage therapist. Its unique design allows you to access a lot of hard-to-reach spots—like the psoas, lower back, neck, and shoulders/rotator cuffs—that may be tricky to massage with a traditional foam roller. You can increase or decrease the pressure simply by adjusting the amount of weight that you put on the Pso-Rite. At less than a foot long, it isn’t difficult to pack this tool into a gym bag or carry-on. This makes it a viable option to bring with you if you have to hit the road.
Compared to other mobility tools, the Pso-Rite is relatively pricey. And while I didn’t have a lot of trouble with it sliding during usage, you have to be careful of the surface you mobilize on. At times it did move and could potentially leave marks on your floor or wall.
The Pso-Rite is an extremely versatile mobility tool that was tremendously helpful in massaging some hard-to-reach trouble spots for me. While the idea is pretty simple, it was a game-changer for me. If you can get past the price tag, I highly recommend adding it to your recovery toolbox.
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The harsh truth of our current reality is that the majority of us would be utterly hopeless if we were dropped in the middle of a jungle and asked to fend for ourselves. Our ancient ancestors spent the majority of their time hunting for food, foraging in intense weather conditions, and ducking various forms of danger. Today, while the basic structure of the human brain has remained the same, our tasks and skills are completely different. We move around much less and spend the majority of our time seated behind screens. This has reduced our movement quality, as the increase in immobility has led to tighter hips and lower back pain. One deep-seated core muscle group that has been impacted immensely has been the psoas muscles.
The psoas muscles run through your hips and serve as a major junction point in the body. They connect the lower body to the pelvic region, the pelvic region to the lower back, and the lower back region to the upper body. The psoas is a pretty big deal. It serves as one of your body’s main hip flexors and back stabilizers. Whether you are sitting at home on your couch or crushing your second workout of the day, these muscles play a vital role in efficient movement. If these muscles are weak, shortened from underuse (e.g., from sitting at a desk for long periods), or even overstretched, other muscles jump in and try to do the psoas’s job. This could lead to problems such as bad posture, lower back pain, knee issues, and tight hips—all of which are bad for business when it comes to operating at your best. Strengthening the psoas and releasing the tension with a self-massage tool are both viable options to rectify this problem.
The power of a strong rubdown is underrated. Massage therapy isn’t just for athletes, either; we could all benefit from some tissue manipulation. The truth is that, while we all probably can’t afford to have a massage therapist on speed dial for each instance that our bodies cry out in pain from stiffness and muscle knots, we can all afford some type of self-massage tool. They are much more practical, and they even the playing field when it comes to recovery. The benefits of these effective tools include relieving pain, reducing muscle tightness and soreness, enhancing flexibility, and elevating performance.
These massage modalities come in many shapes, sizes, and types based on what you are looking for. Foam rollers are effective in covering large sweeping areas of muscle. If you are looking for a tool that is a little more user-friendly that also does a great job covering large areas, then you should check out our trigger point grid stick review. When it comes to covering small, hard-to-reach areas, I’m a huge fan of using lacrosse balls. The only problem is that it can be hard to keep them stationary enough to enjoy the benefits. Luckily, I came across the Pso-Rite on Joe Rogan’s podcast and found a versatile tool that could take the place of lacrosse balls.
Whether you are new to the fitness world or are a seasoned athlete, you can benefit from using the Pso-Rite. It is designed to mimic the feeling of a hand and elbow, so when you mobilize it feels like you are getting a session with a massage therapist. Contrary to its name, this versatile tool is useful for much more than just targeting the psoas muscles. Its unique design allows you to reach a lot of hard-to-reach spots such as the lower back, neck, and rotator cuffs. The rubber feet allow for stable positioning, so you can control the pressure by simply adjusting how much of your body weight you put into the contact point.
I found it pretty simple to use and effective in relieving tension in some areas that I struggle to effectively massage with traditional massage tools. When it comes to releasing my psoas, nothing has ever worked better than this. It’s painful, but there is a flood of relief after flossing on a single prong of the Pso-Rite. Once you get use to placement, I’m sure you will feel the same. The device itself is relatively small (less than a foot long), so I was easily able to pack it into my book bag and transport it with me to workouts. Some may argue that it’s overpriced, but can you put a value on moving pain-free? I don’t think so.